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Album Review

Using what appears to be a song-cycle of sorts, Bedbugs is actually a very well-put-together bunch of short pop songs. Chock full of their wit and pop-tinged charm, the Odds managed to even get a minor hit their first time out with "Heterosexual Man." Everything here has its own charm, and is well worth picking up.

Customer Reviews

My first Odds CD

What a great first CD to start listening to this hidden gem of a band. If you haven't listened to them, you are missing out. The next two CD's, Good Wierd Feeling and Nest are just as good as this one. Good Wierd Feeling is just nuts! One of the few groups like Marcy Playground who never put out a bad song. They ALL are perfect albums. You can put any of these in and let them play!! Great,great music.

Love love love this album.

Probably the Odds' most "power pop" record (this is a pop group that can PLAY and SING, which in the nineties wasn't necessarily a given) this is one superb pop platter. These are some wry, sardonic, heartrending stories set to hook-heavy yet harmonically-intricate tunes. "Heterosexual Man" was the "hit", but "It Falls Apart" is also a killer single that should have burned up the radio all summer (it did in Toronto, at least). "What I Don't Want" has got to be one of the great relationship songs of the era, with gorgeous harmonies spilling out the kind of little details that keep relationship songs honest and non-formulaic. Their next album "Good Weird Feeling" turned up the amps and focused on riffs over songcraft (IMHO) so if you only know their wonderful (and definitive) finale "Nest" then this might be a great next move. (There's also a great outtake from this era called "Fan Letter" originally mailed to their fan club and inexplicably left off this record -- it should be here for download! C'mon Volcano, cough it up!)

A classic? Could be.

One of my all time favorite albums. Even now one of the few albums I will listen to from start to finish. A really clever song cycle. And it rocks!


Formed: 1987 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A power pop band from Vancouver, Odds formed in 1987 around the shared talents of Craig Northey (vocals, guitar), Steven Drake (guitar, vocals), Doug Elliott (bass), and Paul Brennan (drums). Initially, the musicians performed as a cover band called "Dawn Patrol" to make ends meet. However, a subsequent move to Los Angeles and a record deal with Zoo Records (home to Matthew Sweet) allowed them to focus on the tight, pop-oriented songs that made Odds a cult favorite. The debut album Neopolitan appeared...
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