If there’s one thing I’ve learned here on Review Revue, it’s not to go posting about bands from Seattle’s history about which I know absolutely nothing. And yet, here I am again, with this week’s band, Prudence Dredge. Guess I’m a glutton for punishment.
Prudence Dredge, like another band I’m not going to mention here, is very tricky to find information about on the Internet. One thing I found is that in 1988 they won a Northwest Area Music Association Award for their single “Detroit City Rock,” which, I think, is on this very record we’re sharing with you today. So how about that! Sadly, that Association -- not unlike this band -- appears to now be defunct. Ah well. As with many albums, the KCMU staff seem to have been quite divided on this one.
|“Rockin’ Dredge. Mudhoney with horns.”
“The resemblance to Mudhoney escapes me. Why is this in H? Yawnn.”
“Perhaps it’s supposed to be a joke. [The Mudhoney comment, not the music.] Besides, it’s nice to hear something from Seattle that doesn’t have grungy guitars in it.”
“Excellent varied album.”
“Is this [Prudence Dredge member] Joey Kline as a baby? Did he really ever grow up?”
“No, the baby is Mela Erickson. See inside liner notes.”
“Get this out of H please! It bites the root!”
“Absolutely. This has such a lame sound & the songwriting barely qualifies for amateur status. A local record to be filed, not supported.”
“You are a dick. Elitist snob. You have no friends. Shut up and go play some of your ‘cool’ music. Have a suck day.”
See, maybe it’s just me, but I think what KEXP is missing today is the DJs making personal attacks on each other. I think they’re all just way too nice and friendly. I mean, how awesome would it be if one morning Cheryl just said “John, you are a dick and an elitist snob, and you have no friends. Shut up and go play some of your ‘cool’ music.” Somethin’ to think about.