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Album Review

Like margarine to butter, NutraSweet to sugar, Sammy is to Pavement — a smoother, blander version of a classic. Sammy distills the half-mumbled, half-sung vocals, loopy guitars, off-kilter percussion, and sunny pop hooks that Pavement made their own in the late '80s, and slavish imitators that they are, Sammy can't even chart the heights that Pavement reaches. That said, Sammy's major-label debut, Tales of Great Neck Glory, is a fun, if derivative, album. Singer Jesse Hartman has a cheeky, knowing style on songs like "Neptune Ave. (Ortho Hi Rise)" and "Blue Oyster Bay" that makes the group's five-finger discount style of songwriting enjoyable as a sort of in-joke between Sammy and their audience. "Horse or Ballet?" and "Chilling Excerpts" in particular have a weird, jittery energy of their own, while "Buckle-Up Sunshine" lives up to its name, showing that the members of Sammy are moving away from being merely competent copyists to something more interesting. While they may not be the real thing yet, Sammy and Tales of Great Neck Glory provide some mindlessly entertaining listening.

Customer Reviews

Not "exactly like Pavement"

Anyone who says that this band "sounds exactly like Pavement" is just showing their ignorance. Sure, there are many elements of this record that have that similar "lay-z-boy indie rock" sound- the same sound maybe made famous by Pavement-- BUT in no way is this band a rip-off of any other band.

This is one of those GREAT undiscovered gems of an album. Buy it and put it on at a party. Then wait to see how long it takes for someone to ask you "what band is this?"

It won't take long. This is a very very good LP by a great and short-lived band. Don't even think about it-- just BUY it. You will not be disappointed. (Oh, and if you LIKE Pavement, you will most likely like this band). That being said, Sammy and Pavememt do NOT sound "exacty alike.". Such a dumb statement.

Bad band

This band sounds EXACTLY like Pavement. I hate all these bands like Weezer and Sammy that make their music just like Pavements.

Solid Album

Get past the obvious fact that this band basically jacked Velvet Underground & Pavement's sound and this is a solid album. Reminds me of my college days. Neptune Ave. is the best track on here.


Formed: Aguascalientes, Mexico

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Sammy, the heavily Pavement-inspired partnership of guitarist Luke Wood and guitarist/vocalist Jesse Hartman, released three albums before calling it quits. Debut Album, issued in 1994, and Kings of the Island Empire, issued in 1995, were both put out by Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley's Smells Like Records and featured drummer Tony Maxwell. Their final full-length, Tales of...
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