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Album Review

The Sneetches, like the dB's, revived the sounds of '60s British Invasion pop and '70s power pop but were far more substantial than a mere revivalist act. In spite of the title's suggestion, 1985-1991 is not a best-of collection. Instead, it remixes and reissues the band's debut album, Lights out With the Sneetches, and adds outtakes (including a funny abortive take of "Sometimes That's All We Have"), non-album sides, and four excellent new recordings. The Shoes join the fun on a cover of the Raspberries' "I Wanna Be With You," resulting in only one of many highlights among the bonus tracks, which are of uniformly high quality. The Sneetches fit into that apparently timeless tradition of '60s-inspired guitar pop that has persisted to the present through the likes of Sex Clark Five and the Minders and make an impressive effort toward equaling the songwriting skills of their venerated forebears.

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Great overview

Here's their history in a nutshell. Not a greatest hits, but a lot of great songs that didn't fit the albums along with their earliest recordings. Be sure to check out the cover songs. Who else could do the Monochrome Set, The Easybeats and The Raspberries on the same record? No one this Spanish pop kid can think of. I was glad to see them here in Spain some years ago.


Formed: 1985 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Sneetches were one of the handful of bands in the U.S. playing classic British Invasion-inspired, mid-'60s West Coast-sounding guitar pop in the late '80s. Their short run of albums and singles never had a large audience, and they never found the major-label success they desired, but the band remains a hidden pleasure for fans of witty, melodically rich pop music. The band was formed in San Francisco by the duo of vocalist/bassist Mike Levy and guitarist Matt Carges, both of whom had previously...
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