What's Up Matador

What's Up Matador

     
 

Once Sub Pop's roster broke through to the mainstream in the early '90s, its reign as America's premier independent label drew to a close, leaving Matador Records as the definitive indie label of the decade. Matador's period of greatest impact was between 1991 and 1997, which is the time that the double-disc set What's Up Matador chronicles. The budget-pricedSee more details below

Overview

Once Sub Pop's roster broke through to the mainstream in the early '90s, its reign as America's premier independent label drew to a close, leaving Matador Records as the definitive indie label of the decade. Matador's period of greatest impact was between 1991 and 1997, which is the time that the double-disc set What's Up Matador chronicles. The budget-priced compilation is designed as both an introduction and as a collector's dream, containing one disc called Favorite Tracks and one disc of unreleased songs. Matador didn't have a signature sound, preferring to cultivate a loose aesthetic that permitted its artists to do whatever the hell they wanted. So, there's the nervous punk of Superchunk, the jangling pop of Bettie Serveert, the fractured pop of Pavement, pure weirdness from the Frogs, mathematical rock from Chavez, disco from the Pizzicato Five, the avant rock of Silkworm, hardcore punk from Unsane, psycho-blues from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Railroad Jerk, and lo-fi from Guided By Voices and Spoon, along with singer/songwriters like Liz Phair, Helium's Mary Timony, Cat Power, and Barbra Manning/SF Seals. It's an eclectic roster, but it's a rich one, containing many of the best and most important bands of the decade. The first disc runs through the hits quite effectively; for anyone curious about Matador specifically and American indie rock in general, it's an excellent primer. The second disc is for collectors and fanatics, and it does not disappoint. Many of the bands on disc one contribute unreleased songs that never sound like throwaways, and some of the label's newer bands that didn't make the first disc -- Run On, The For Carnation, and Bardo Pond -- are included. With its abundance of strong music and its complete Matador discography, What's Up Matador is an essential purchase for anyone curious about '90s indie rock.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861016328
catalogNumber:
10163
Rank:
131738

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tom Courtenay  -  Yo La Tengo
  2. Texas Never Whispers  -  Pavement
  3. Catholic Education  -  Teenage Fanclub
  4. For Tension  -  Superchunk
  5. Vandal-X  -  Unsane
  6. Splat  -  Bailter Space
  7. Pat's Trick  -  Helium
  8. Nude as the News  - Cat Power
  9. Tom Boy  -  Bettie Serveert
  10. Couldn't You Wait?  -  Silkworm
  11. Don't Buy the Realistic  -  Spoon
  12. Stratford-On-Guy  - Liz Phair
  13. Twiggy Twiggy  -  Pizzicato Five
  14. Hey Student  -  Fall
  15. Bang the Drum  -  Railroad Jerk
  16. In/Out  -  Come
  17. Dang  -  Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  18. Son of Sam  -  Chain Gang
  19. Adam & Steve  -  Frogs
  20. Unreal Is Here  -  Chavez
  21. Motor Away  -  Guided by Voices
  22. Still?  -  S.F. Seals
  23. My Pal the Tortoise  -  Thinking Fellers Union Local #282
  24. Water Cuts My Hands  -  Mecca Normal

Disc 2

  1. Back of Your Head  - Cat Power
  2. Strike  -  Come
  3. One Step Forward  -  Railroad Jerk
  4. Dig My Shit!  -  Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  5. My Thoughts Are a Gas  -  Guided by Voices
  6. Telamon Bridge  -  Spoon
  7. The Killing Moon  -  Pavement
  8. Hangman  -  Silkworm
  9. Don't Say a Word  -  Yo La Tengo
  10. The Blood of Feeling  - Barbara Manning
  11. Life Is an Imbecile  -  Bettie Serveert
  12. Stuck on an Island  - Liz Phair
  13. Alfredo's Welcome  -  For Carnation
  14. Days Away  -  Run On
  15. Hurricane Watch  -  Mecca Normal
  16. Lucy  -  Helium
  17. Theme from for Russ  -  Chavez
  18. Small Parade  - Tobin Sprout
  19. The Trail  -  Bardo Pond
  20. Happy Birthday  -  Pizzicato Five

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fall   Track Performer
Teenage Fanclub   Track Performer
Yo La Tengo   Track Performer
Frogs   Track Performer
Barbara Manning   Track Performer
Mecca Normal   Track Performer
Railroad Jerk   Track Performer
Superchunk   Track Performer
Unsane   Track Performer
Come   Track Performer
Chain Gang   Track Performer
Pavement   Track Performer
Thinking Fellers Union Local #282   Track Performer
Bailter Space   Track Performer
Bettie Serveert   Track Performer
Liz Phair   Track Performer
Silkworm   Track Performer
Helium   Track Performer
Guided by Voices   Track Performer
Pizzicato Five   Track Performer
S.F. Seals   Track Performer
Chris Brokaw   Guitar
Sue Garner   Guitar,Vocals
Alan Licht   Organ,Guitar
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Track Performer
Spoon   Track Performer
Tobin Sprout   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Chavez   Track Performer
Run On   Track Performer
For Carnation   Track Performer
Bardo Pond   Track Performer
Robert Pollard   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Demos   Bass
Tara Jane O'Neil   Bass
Cat Power   Track Performer
Peter Jefferies   Drums
Jean Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Coultas   Drums
Thalia Zedek   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Culver   Drums
Michael Gibbons   Guitar
Clint Takeda   Bass
Isobel Sollenberger   Vocals
Rick Brown   Synthesizer,Marimbas
Joe Buben   Drums
John Gibbons   Guitar
Giovanni Fusco   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Railroad Jerk   Producer
Andy Cohen   Contributor
Marquis   Contributor
Grant Barger   Engineer
Sue Garner   Composer
Bryce Goggin   Producer
Steve Hanley   Composer
Georgia Hubley   Composer
Alain Johannes   Contributor
Ira Kaplan   Composer,Producer
Alan Licht   Composer
Craig Scanlon   Composer
Mark E. Smith   Composer
Chris Wagner   Contributor
Wally Gagel   Engineer
Marcellus Hall   Composer
John McEntire   Engineer
John Shough   Engineer
Joey Waronker   Contributor
Bardo Pond   Producer
Joel Phelps   Contributor
Brad Morrison   Engineer
J. Cox   Producer
Michael Dahlquist   Contributor
James McNew   Composer
David Voigt   Engineer
Tim Midgett   Engineer
Spiral Stairs   Composer
Alec Stephen   Composer
Britt Daniel   Composer
Settly   Producer
Rick Brown   Composer
Dave Varenka   Composer
Katie Gentile   Composer
Satoh Nanako   Composer
M. Hall   Composer
Tony Lee   Composer

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