28 August 2023
Band: GRANT LEE BUFFALO
Who: American rock trio from Los Angeles led by
singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Philipps (now 58)
who launched a successful solo career after the break-up.
So far he made 10 solo albums with Lighting, Show Us
Your Stuff as his most recent one (2020).
Mighty Joe Moon (1994)
AllMusic about the band: ‘Although heralded by the critics and
championed by their musical peers, the ’90s alternative/roots rock
trio Grant Lee Buffalo failed to break through to the mainstream,
despite strong songwriting and an original style.’
Three GLB moments picked
by Turn Up The Volume.
– Live Glastonbury 1994 –
(Live version of ‘Grace’ from debut LP
BRILLIANT – thanks to Scottish Teevee)
– FUZZY –
(The supreme title track of debut album)
– MOCKINGBIRDS –
(From their 2nd LP)
GRANT LEE BUFFALO: Story
GRANT LEE PHILIPS: Facebook – Spotify
(Image on top: cover of 2001 compilation ‘Storm Hymnal
Gems From The Vault Of Grant Lee Buffalo)
9 April 2021
Band: BANDICOOT (South-Wales)
Who: A Welsh 4-piece reclaiming for a new generation the poetry of
Dylan, the stark beauty and unhinged Rock and Roll of mid-70s John Cale,
and Badfinger’s melancholic timeless songcraft. Their sound flows like post-
industrial blues through Swansea’s rain-soaked concrete streets.
Pick: FUZZY – brand new (second); single
About: “A deranged attempt at seduction which draws on 70s ‘Top of the Pops’,
glam rock and memories of misguided adolescence.”
Score: Two months after this crazed Welsh quartet scored big time with their
rollicking debut jackhammer Dark Too Long they confirm with convincing verve
and punchy puissance that they mean business and came here to stay. New flashy
glam powerstroke FUZZY rattles and rolls, shakes and swings and rushes and buzzes.
Too bad that all those legendary British music shows like Top Of The Pops, Ready Steady Go and The Old Grey Whistle Test disappeared when the video clips, pushed by MTV, became the new way to promote music, if not Bandicoot had made their growing fanbase go loco on that good old TV set.
(Photo credit: @BethanMillerco)
Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
21 February 2018
BAND: GRANT LEE BUFFALO
ALBUM: FUZZY – debut LP
RELEASED: 22 February 1993 – 25 years ago
ALL MUSIC/Mark Deming wrote: “When Grant Lee Buffalo cut their debut album, 1993’s Fuzzy, they had a distinct advantage over most bands making their first trip to the studio — vocalist and guitarist Grant Lee Phillips, bassist Paul Kimble and drummer Joey Peters had already recorded two LPs together as members of the then-recently defunct Shiva Burlesque, and most of Fuzzy’s 11 songs dated back to SB’s latter days. This goes a long way towards explaining how Grant Lee Buffalo were able to make an album as confident and solidly crafted as Fuzzy, but it was even more significant that Phillips had a marvelous voice, wrote fine and evocative songs, and was fortunate enough to be working with sympathetic accompanists who had a good idea of how to tap into the mysterious melodic structures of his music. Fuzzy is deep and mysterious stuff, but also very beautiful and crafted with imagination and care, and it’s no wonder Grant Lee Buffalo became critic’s darlings shortly after this was released. No wonder Grant Lee Buffalo became critic’s darlings shortly after this was released.”
Michael Stipe said: “The best album of the year hands down.”
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: magnificent Americana songwriting and Grant-Lee Philips‘ outstanding voice. All songs fueled by profound passion and vocal intensity.
A truly gripping, high-quality unity.
THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Fuzzy / You Just Have To Be Crazy / Jupiter And Teardrop
* FUZZY – intoxicating splendor
* YOU JUST HAVE TO BE CRAZY – haunting and spellbinding
* JUPITER AND TEARDROP – (live version)
FUZZY in full…