Wednesday, September 24, 2008

1910 Fruitgum Company: Hard Ride

Hard Ride was the last LP from über-bubblegum band The 1910 Fruitgum Company. After a string of hit singles (1-2-3 Red Light, Simon Says, Indian Giver) and five sugary pop albums the band of studio musicians put together by Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz decided to go in a different direction. This surprising collection of blues/psych sounds nothing like its predecessors. Naturally, their fans didn't like it, and it sank like a stone.

Too bad. Hard Ride is a wild collection of fuzzy guitars, noodly synths, jerky syncopation, funky horns, and profound lyrics. It reminds a little bit of Steppenwolf. I don't think it's available on CD, so dig in and feel the vibe.

Don't Have To Run And Hide
All These Things
(a) Eulogy, (b) Selub
The Train
Creations Of Simon
Collections Of Thoughts
(a) In The Beginning, (b) The Thing
Togetherly Alone (5 Movements)

Hard Ride (zip file, 84MB)

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Thanks for this one! I love any 1910 Fruitgum stuff. Can't wait to hear it!

By Blogger Psyche Zenobia, at 9:28 PM  

Thank you!

By Blogger Kenny Altman, at 11:53 PM  

Thanks,This was the first album I bought as a kid(99 cent bin)Bought it for the cover,played In the Beginning, my Dad thought the song was wrecking the mono player we had. Didn't listen again 'til we got a STEREO player. It took a while to grow on me. Still have the Lp, no turntable though. Cool to hear again.

By Blogger me, at 8:56 PM  

Muito obrigado por compartilhar!

By Blogger Montgomery, at 2:51 PM  

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