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The news that Merge was releasing a retrospective of Big Dipper's non major-label output raised eyebrows around the indie rock community. There were certainly bands with higher profiles, bands that left more of a mark commercially, and groups that had more influence on the music that followed. Big Dipper fall short on all these counts. Funny thing, though — after listening to Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology, it's easy to understand why Merge decided the group was worth rediscovering. Simply put, they were really good. Their songs are brainy, hooky, and weird, delivered in a jumpy, hyperactive style that echoes great guitar bands like Television, Talking Heads, and Mission of Burma. Each of the three albums compiled here (1987's Boo-Boo EP, that same year's Heavens, and 1988's Craps) are filled with songs that sound like college radio staples, some that are instantly recognizable 20 years later, like "All Going Out Together," "Younger Bums," and "Ron Klaus Wrecked His House." The band could rock out very convincingly (check "Wet Weekend" or one of Kurt Cobain's favorite songs, "You're Not Patsy"), jangle like a frat rock version of the Go-Betweens ("Meet the Witch," "Hey! Mr. Lincoln"), or be downright inspirational ("A Song to Be Beautiful"). At their best on songs like "Faith Healer" and the truly lovely "Bonnie," they were making music on par with the best bands of the era — music that, apart from the too-bright drum sound endemic to the late '80s, still stands up in the early 2000s and wouldn't sound too far out of place when played alongside such similarly off-kilter guitar bands as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Wolf Parade, and Walker Kong. Along with their excellent early records plus some key bonus tracks (like the aforementioned "Patsy" and a demo of "Ron Klaus"), the collection adds a third disc of tracks recorded by the band after its disastrous tour of duty with Epic, which produced one album, 1990's Slam, and effectively wrecked the group's career. These songs are uniformly good, but not up to par with the first two discs. Think of this disc as a nice bonus that's worth hearing once. You'll go back to the first two discs much more often. Thanks have to go to Merge for digging up the band and presenting the music in such a nice package, complete with the bandmembers' song-by-song commentary in the liner notes.

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time to check them out

Long overdue, this compilation finally makes it easy for old fans to enjoy Big Dipper again.. and for new fans to discover a very cool band. If you ever liked REM, 'college rock' - or just good poppy rock and roll - you should check this out.... the material from the "Craps" record still seems the most accessible - hooky, smart - that whole disc is here along with the other original Homestead Records releases. Enjoy...

Take a Big Dip!

Bill Goffrier is an absolute genius - you must buy these tunes! Saw the guys in a small club back in the day - great googly moogly!

The Younger Bums

I too, have waited years for this. I searched the internet, tried to find the guy who made me a tape of Boo-boo & Craps an eon ago, with no success. I don't care how well this holds up to today; I don't care whether you loved them or hated them; I don't care how you decide to criticize: This is an awesome day and an awesome buy for the price. I am downloading this right now, and Younger Bums will be blaring in my headphones for years to come. Also- I hope to find The Embarassment here too one day.


Se formó en: Boston, MA

Género: Alternativa

Años de actividad: '80s, '00s

A great band that never quite fulfilled their enormous potential, Boston's Big Dipper had impeccable indie credentials and an excellent line in crunchy post-post-punk guitar pop, but their later albums were no match for their early work. Big Dipper was formed in 1985 when guitarist Gary Waleik and bassist Steve Michener left the original lineup of Volcano Suns, which they'd formed with drummer and vocalist Peter Prescott after the breakup of Prescott's earlier band Mission of Burma. Both uncomfortable...
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