Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You Were Robbed – Dada

"You Were Robbed" features artists and bands that should have gotten much more recognition and fame than they did. Check them out now...better late than never!

1995 was a tough time for Dada. After exploding onto the alternative rock music scene with the unlikely hit, “Dizz Knee Land”, the band went on to obtain critical acclaim for the other cuts on their remarkable 1992 debut, “Puzzle”. Despite an outstanding sophomore release, the band was beginning to lose its foothold and got caught in the crossfire of its label’s demise. MCA picked them up and a revitalized Dada released their fourth album (self-titled) in late 1998. With famed producer Danny Kotchmar at the helm, the band had a promising launch pad for a massive comeback.

But that didn’t happen. Not at all. The first single is probably to blame: “California Gold” is a lackluster and confusing tune, more experimental than melodic. Hearing this song probably made a lot of fans – not to mention radio – write the band off. Shame. The vast majority of the other songs on this fantastic record are nothing short of amazing and should have been all over late 90s radio. Take the lead-off track for instance, “Information Undertow”. The topic is even more relevant today and the infectious chorus keeps you coming back for more.

The band lets its thoughtful, reflective side shine through all of these songs, and the trademark harmonies of Michael Gurley and Joie Calio have never sounded better. I really miss hearing these two sing together like this. The quality of the songwriting and performance is exemplified on the track “Beautiful Turnback Time Machine”.

Unfortunately, I can’t find any other videos for the songs here, but go to Amazon and sample these spectacular cuts: “Where You’re Going”, “Spinning My Wheels”, and “The Ballad Of Earl Grey And Chamomile”. Highlights of the band’s balladry can be heard on “Goodbye” and “Outside”. Don’t let another day go by without discovering the majesty of this wonderful record.

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