Spent Poets

Spent Poets

by The Spent Poets
     
 

The Spent Poets' self-titled debut is a postmodern patchwork of allusions and references -- to pop culture, to literature, and to the band's various influences. Like so many other postmodernists, this alterna-pop band approaches the media-glutted culture of the 20th century both with reverence and with mordant skepticism. The music is a mix of Beatlesque melodies, See more details below

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The Spent Poets' self-titled debut is a postmodern patchwork of allusions and references -- to pop culture, to literature, and to the band's various influences. Like so many other postmodernists, this alterna-pop band approaches the media-glutted culture of the 20th century both with reverence and with mordant skepticism. The music is a mix of Beatlesque melodies, Queen-era bounciness, Manchester dance rhythms, and electronic samples of other recordings. The lyrics also pack in the references: to Walt Whitman, Sammy Davis Jr., James Dean, Jesus, Anne Sexton, Charles Manson, and (again and again) the Beatles. In "Grassheads," lead vocalist Adam Gates sings "Pop goes the culture, and Paul is dead. Paul is dead, and the Walrus is too." In "You Don't Know Me," he croons "I come from Liverpool...if you say that you're God enough times, sooner or later everyone is gonna believe you." It would appear that no one worships the Fab Four more than the Spent Poets. Ironically, though, their best songs are the ones which rely the least on their influences. "Mr. Einstein" is an adrenaline rush of driving organs and skanky guitars. "Your Existential Past" is a tightly crafted pop gem, with a magnetic arrangement of rhythm guitar and accordion. The Poets criticize the rock revivalists who "want to live in the past," but unfortunately there are really only two songs on the album which don't commit that very sin.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/1996
Label:
Geffen Gold Line Sp.
UPC:
0720642446720
catalogNumber:
24467

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spent Poets   Primary Artist
Steve Berlin   Saxophone
Claypool   Drums
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Saxophone
Michael Urbano   Drums
Matt Wallace   Background Vocals
Matthew Winegar   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sampling,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
John Berg   Organ,Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Sampling,Mellotron
Adam Gates   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Derek Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Oboe,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Slide Guitar
Larry LaLonde   Guitar
Lisa Maxwell   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Spent Poets   Producer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Matt Wallace   Producer

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