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Scattered, Smothered and Covered
     

Scattered, Smothered and Covered

4.5 2
by Hootie & the Blowfish
 
Like most bands that hail from their neck of the woods, Hootie & the Blowfish started life as a bar band, playing places that demand lots of covers played lots of ways, an order reflected in this disc's Waffle House-inspired title. But while most of their peers quickly washed their hands of those days, Darius Rucker and company have always shown a lingering fondness

Overview

Like most bands that hail from their neck of the woods, Hootie & the Blowfish started life as a bar band, playing places that demand lots of covers played lots of ways, an order reflected in this disc's Waffle House-inspired title. But while most of their peers quickly washed their hands of those days, Darius Rucker and company have always shown a lingering fondness for them, trotting out odd covers that often became concert highlights -- songs that now become the meat and potatoes of this 15-song set. Scattered, Smothered and Covered is Hootie's way to dust off some old favorites and, in the process, give fans a good look at their roots, which branch out in directions as varied as R.E.M. (whose "Driver 8" gets a chugging run-through here) and Led Zeppelin (represented by a surprisingly muscular "Hey, Hey What Can I Do"). While some of the stretches are a bit too tough to take -- Rucker can't make heads or tails of the Smiths' moping "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" -- the band should be commended for emphasizing good songs, including two from Austin's underrated Reivers, over easily recognizable ones. It's a fine listen, even without a watery draft beer in hand.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's easy to make fun of Hootie & the Blowfish because they are what everyone says they are -- a bar band made good. Since they were a bar band from the early '90s, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they knocked out Smiths and R.E.M. covers along with songs from the Led Zeppelin and Bill Withers songbooks -- this was the music of the time, and they were a band of their time. All of this surfaces on their B-sides and rarities collection, Scattered, Smothered and Covered. As these 15 covers songs sound slightly less memorable than their big hits, it occurs to you that this must be how Hootie & the Blowfish sounded in Southern college bars before they recorded Cracked Rear View -- they're amiable, good-humored, earnest, and likable. Since the big hits are missing, the group sounds a bit like a local act, too -- the kind of group that wrote sturdy songs but never found a transcendent hook -- but that's not a bad thing, since that's always been part of their charm. And, the fact is, this band has real affection for jangle-pop-derived rock. They knew enough to dig out "I Go Blind," a good old 54-40 song, and place it on the Friends soundtrack at the height of the show's popularity, so they could make the guys some money. It's hard to hate a band that does that, and that lends a certain charm even to an album like Scattered, Smothered and Covered, which is as uneven as any rarities collection (and, of course, only necessary for the hardcore), but blessed with an unexpected charm, since it proves in the best possible way that Hootie & the Blowfish really were America's bar band of the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678340826
catalogNumber:
83408

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hootie & the Blowfish   Primary Artist
Nanci Griffith   Vocals
Mark Bryan   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Susan Cowsill   Vocal Harmony
Peter Holsapple   Mandolin
James Hooker   Hammond Organ
Jamie Hoover   Organ,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Doug Lancio   Guitar
Pat McInerney   Percussion
John Nau   Keyboards
Tim Sommer   Organ
Gena Maria Rankin   Vocal Harmony
Edwin McCain   Vocals
Craig Shields   Baritone Saxophone
la Vega   Bass
Darius Rucker   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Jim Sonefeld   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Dean Felber   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Gary Greene   Percussion
Walker Sisters   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Don Dixon   Producer,Engineer
Mark Dearnley   Remixing
Don Gehman   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
John Harris   Engineer
Doug Trantow   Engineer
Benjamin Niles   Art Direction
John Codling   Cover Photo
Billy Huelin   Engineer,Live Sound
Matt Wilson   Cover Photo

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Scattered, Smothered and Covered 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a nice tribute to the artists they covered. I am a BIG R.E.M. fan and I was very pleased with ''Driver 8''. I know the guys are big fans as well. I also enjoyed ''Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want''. Darius has such a warm, lovely, liquered voice. Araby is a great little tune. This is good driving music, so if you take a summer trip, grab this CD and enjoy the ride :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening chord of ''Fine Line,'' any listener should see this is a great classic\pop rock album. Rucker and Co. take the radio format of ''Cracked Rear View,'' the edgy-ness of ''Fairweather Johnson,'' and the style of ''Musical Chairs'' and throw the ingredients into a well-picked mix of covers. Throughout the course of the record - each song almost becomse a Hootie origina...a tough feat for most bands. Rucker continues to shine as a singer and frontman - his R&B flavored baritone soars throughout the album. Mark Byran's always tasteful guitar work as well as the Felbar/Sonefeld rythm section support the strong vocals of Rucker. Forget the naysayers - buy this album, pop in into your car CD player, and take a long ride with the windows down. Bring plenty of water - your throat may get dry from the all the sing alongs.