What's Up Matador [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861016328
  • Catalog Number: 10163
  • Sales rank: 86,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tom Courtenay - Yo La Tengo
  2. 2 Texas Never Whispers - Pavement
  3. 3 Catholic Education - Teenage Fanclub
  4. 4 For Tension - Superchunk
  5. 5 Vandal-X - Unsane
  6. 6 Splat - Bailter Space
  7. 7 Pat's Trick - Helium
  8. 8 Nude as the News - Cat Power
  9. 9 Tom Boy - Bettie Serveert
  10. 10 Couldn't You Wait? - Silkworm
  11. 11 Don't Buy the Realistic - Spoon
  12. 12 Stratford-On-Guy - Liz Phair
  13. 13 Twiggy Twiggy - Pizzicato Five
  14. 14 Hey Student - The Fall
  15. 15 Bang the Drum - Railroad Jerk
  16. 16 In/Out - Come
  17. 17 Dang - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  18. 18 Son of Sam - Chain Gang
  19. 19 Adam & Steve - The Frogs
  20. 20 Unreal Is Here - Chavez
  21. 21 Motor Away - Guided by Voices
  22. 22 Still? - S.F. Seals
  23. 23 My Pal the Tortoise - Thinking Fellers Union Local #282
  24. 24 Water Cuts My Hands - Mecca Normal
Disc 2
  1. 1 Back of Your Head - Cat Power
  2. 2 Strike - Come
  3. 3 One Step Forward - Railroad Jerk
  4. 4 Dig My Shit! - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  5. 5 My Thoughts Are a Gas - Guided by Voices
  6. 6 Telamon Bridge - Spoon
  7. 7 The Killing Moon - Pavement
  8. 8 Hangman - Silkworm
  9. 9 Don't Say a Word - Yo La Tengo
  10. 10 The Blood of Feeling - Barbara Manning
  11. 11 Life Is an Imbecile - Bettie Serveert
  12. 12 Stuck on an Island - Liz Phair
  13. 13 Alfredo's Welcome - The For Carnation
  14. 14 Days Away - Run On
  15. 15 Hurricane Watch - Mecca Normal
  16. 16 Lucy - Helium
  17. 17 Theme from for Russ - Chavez
  18. 18 Small Parade - Tobin Sprout
  19. 19 The Trail - Bardo Pond
  20. 20 Happy Birthday - Pizzicato Five
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fall Track Performer
Teenage Fanclub Track Performer
Yo La Tengo Track Performer
The 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
The 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
The 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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