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Album Review

After the compilation The Question Is No catapulted them from their lowly status as a local cult item to their new role as a national cult item, Fastbacks sounded a good bit more cheerful and a lot more confident on their third proper album, Zucker. Roaring right out of the box with three hooky classics in a row ("Believe Me Never," "Gone to the Moon," and "Hung on a Bad Peg," Zucker manages to be one of Fastbacks' most rocking and most pop-influenced albums at once; "When I'm Old" is a lovely bit of mid-tempo contemplation replete with acoustic guitars, and Fastbacks even cover a Bee Gees tune (don't fret, "Please Read Me" dates from the Gibbs' Brit-pop period rather than the disco era). And if Kurt Bloch still sounds a bit uncertain about the world around him, he and his partners Kim Warnick, Lulu Gargiulo, and drummer of the moment Rusty Willoughby sound energetic enough to roar right over the bad times. Witty, muscular, and packed with great songs, Zucker ranks with Fastbacks' very best work.

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Freaking awesome!

This was the album that drew me into one of the best bands I've ever heard. I've got over a thousand CDs, several hundred LPs, not to mention tons of mp3s, so I'm not saying this lightly. This band hails from Seattle and they were making music before the Seattle sound became the latet big thing. This album simply rocks. "Bill Challenger" is by far the best instrumental I've heard and it cuts perfectly into "Parts". "Gone to the Moon" is a perfect pop-punk rock sounding song. The clash of pop sounding music with punk rock/hard rock guitars is an awesome contrast that I must admit took a few listens to get used to. Once I did, I picked up many of their other albums and I've never been disappointed. Some of the songs are mellow, like the introspective "When I'm Old" which has a nice haunting sound at the end. "They Don't Care" is a good rocking anthem for those that got dumped on, stepped on, kicked out of the way.

If you like this, other albums to check out: "New Mansions of Sound", "Answer the Phone Dummy", "Day That Didn't Exist", "Alone in a Furniture Warehouse", and "Here They Are Live at the Crocodile Shop".

One of The Best Albums of The 90's

A lot of Seattle bands made it big, sadly Fastbacks weren't one of them, but they were certainly held in high esteem by their peers and the fans who knew them.
Everyone of their albums is great, but Zucker is their Hope Diamond, a Punk/Pop Masterpiece that impresses you more with each listen. Twenty years later and this album still sounds fresh. A must for any rotation.


Formed: 1981 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the few first-wave punk bands who not only survived to the end of the century but did so with their original sound and focus intact, Fastbacks were formed in Seattle, WA, by three high school friends, Kurt Bloch, Kim Warnick, and Lulu Gargiulo. Bloch and Warnick began playing guitar in high school while Gargiulo took lessons in classical guitar at age seven but never played rock & roll until joining the band (though photos she took at local rock shows caught Bloch's eye, sparking a friendship)....
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