Man, there really are a million stories in the KEXP stacks. This week, just through random flipping, I discovered Blame It on Love, the major label debut and swan song of Rachel Sweet, released at the ripe old age of 20 -- four years after her debut on Stiff Records. I think there’s enough potential drama in that one sentence (and little enough info on her Wikipedia page) to leave it at that, but if you’re into sweet, sassy, edgy pop, I highly recommend you check out her first album, Fool Around. Judging by the comments on Blame It on Love, that one might be more of an acquired (or not) taste.
I will say that these comments are an interesting look into how people’s attitudes have changed over the years. There are a couple things below that I just can’t picture anyone at KEXP thinking appropriate to write on a CD these days. I think you’ll know ‘em when you see ‘em.
|“Rachel seems to be moving away from the quirky songs that made her 1st LP so good... much more mainstream R’n'R here.”"Produced & Written by Rachel Sweet!”["1st LP" is circled, with an arrow pointing to it from the following:] “Why don’t we have it?” [Good question!]
“‘Cruisin’ Love’ -- unspectacular” [Funny, when people usually single out songs it's to sing their praises.]
“Sticks & Stones ["<-silly"] R& B influenced! YEAH, BABY!!”
“I’m w/you and S.B.”
“No I don’t like this, and I’m sure nobody cares. She’s cuter, music’s worse.”
“I like this somewhat now that I’ve listened to it a few times.”
“She looks ridiculous & sounds the same. The first time she played here (w/______) was incredible! O for the good ol’ days!”
“I love her eyes, her succulent lips, her gorgeous raven-black hair, skin as soft as a bouncing baby’s bottom, I think she’s real sweet!” [Uh, wow.]
“OK, Rhythm & Roll.”
“I like this...”
“This is excellent.”
“[In a word bubble pointing to Ms. Sweet's mouth:] I want out of the rotation.”
“Looks as though she gave up her singing career to pursue a career as a hooker.”
About eight years or so after Blame It On Love, which turned out to be her final album, Rachel Sweet starred in her own series called The Sweet Life on The Comedy Channel. Here’s a clip in which she actually pulls out the album: