Daily Song Study

Dada – Dog

In songs on September 8, 2011 at 8:30 am

There was a little blip, just in the moment before the big grunge & alternative thing came and ate the music industry in the 1990s. In that small window, there was a tiny renaissance in pop songwriting, and one of its practitioners was an odd little group called Dada. The general rule with trios is that each member has to carry their own weight and then some, and in this respect Dada fit the bill. Bassist Joie Calio and guitarist Michael Gurley traded vocals while delivering energetic, densely layered riffs, atop drummer Phil Leavitt’s steady grooves. It was a combination that, sadly, only met its full potential on their debut album, 1992’s Puzzle.

Drawing their basic approach from jam bands, but keeping songs tight and short, the album is a unique collection of Beatlesque melodies punctuated by spurts of ’60s psychedelia and lyrical irreverence. Today’s track showcases that many-sided attack, one that is hard to duplicate, even for those who created it.
  1. […] Yesterday I mentioned the brief pop songwriting renaissance of the early ’90s, a phenomenon that few noticed. One of the chief reasons I noticed was because of the Chrysalis record label, which at the time had a penchant for finding new and unique talents. If their stamp was on the album, it was a good bet that the tunes were good. […]

  2. […] Earlier we discussed that time period in the very early 1990s before “alternative” reflexively meant “grunge and its offshoots.” It may be a bit contentious, but I place the weirdo-rock stylings of They Might Be Giants firmly in the alternative category, since they were certainly an alternative to anything at all that was going on in the mainstream during that time. […]

  3. […] The Lightning Seeds were essentially Broudie’s solo project, after making a name for himself as a producer of post-punk bands like Echo & the Bunnymen and the Fall. The style of this tune is tightly dialed in to pre-grunge early 1990s alterna-pop, from that tiny melodic-songwriting boom that I’ve mentioned before. […]

  4. […] who’s been in a band knows how hard it is to turn a jam into an actual song. The aforementioned Dada do this with great […]

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