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Album Review

If you can picture a collaboration between Big Star and Matthew Sweet, chances are it would sound quite similar to the Hang Ups' second full-length release, So We Go. Brian Tighe sings in the required hushed, breathy style set by his jangle-rock predecessors, and his vocals are what often bring out the songs' melodic catchiness. And the rest of the band (who stick to the no-frills guitars/bass/drums format, with organ or piano added here and there) prove to be masters at creating the dream-pop sound. The group creates an impressive, vast soundscape on the track "Walkin' Around" (especially the guitar solo that ends the song), as well as happy pop songs like "Top of Morning" and R.E.M.-esque '80s alternative (the title track). But the album's highlight is definitely "Jump Start (Never Will Forget This)," which is used in the movie Chasing Amy. The track originally appeared on their '93 debut, but resides here in a remixed form, and is an unlisted bonus track at the end of the record. An underrated, solid sophomore effort, which would definitely be appreciated by lovers of introspective pop compositions.

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Super Dreamy

So We Go was the the "Summer-in-South-Minneapolis" album of the mid-nineties. Dreamy vocals and harmonies combined with catchy tunes and chiming guitars make this an easy listen while on a road trip to Wisconsin or the U.P. with the person you love.


Formed: 1990

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

The melodic alterna-pop band the Hang Ups came together in 1990, while the band members were attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Consisting of Brian Tighe (vocals, guitar), Jeff Kearns (bass, vocals), Stephen Ittner (drums), and John Crozier (guitar), the band began playing the Minneapolis club/bar circuit. However, drummer Ittner was unable to commit to long-term touring, which all but extinguished the band's hopes of hitting it big with the original lineup. Ittner remained with...
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