Broadly speaking, there are three types of artist that get covered in this blog series: The obvious, well-loved classics; the bands that I’ve heard of and meant to check out, but never really listened to (an embarrassingly large category); and the bands that I’d never once heard of at all, but that at the time were fairly well-established (at least in the KCMU universe).
I find that last category perhaps the most interesting and exciting; without digging through the KEXP stacks, I would never have known of the existence of The Silos, or Tracie, or The Hellcats, or Slap… or the band featured in this week’s installment, Two Nice Girls. Two Nice Girls released 3 albums on Rough Trade Records in 1989, 1990, and 1991, of which this is the last. KEXP has all three, and they’re all well-commented-upon and, one would assume, well played (if not played at all in close to 20 years).
“Aside from the ghastly funky-guitar-disco mess of 1-1, this is a really cool record. Primarily folky, it also gets noisy + unusual. Expressive vocals + good lyrics are the highlights, tho the instrumentation is just fine by me as well. Many good cuts, incl. 2-2, 1-2, + 1-3 [‘For the Inauguration’] (which is, sadly, a red dot, however, the latter part of it is an FCC okay send up of Pres. George. [That’s the first Pres. George.] Go ahead and play that — it’s clean from the grooves where it begins.”
“2-2 [“The Queer Song”] is also a red dot. This doesn’t get nearly noisy or unusual enough to redeem itself from their terminal winsomeness. And musically, this is pretty mundane. I imagine they consider themselves uncompromising, but there isn’t anything here that hasn’t been done before. Darren has said it best: these girls are too nice.”
“Sure, the music is functional at best, but mere ‘winsomeness’ is way off. Way too much irony and wit. Just do it.”
“1-1 is really horrible.”
“Also on CD. 1-3 has a red dot in the beginning and end; you can play only the post-scrpt, which begins with a pseudo-rap beat and features an extremely incompetent George Bush impersonation.”
“2 Nice Girls get better sounding with each album. The music is melodic and the harmonies sound great. The lyrics are sometimes somber, sometimes sarcastic. A very impressive album.”
“Really cool… noisy and unusual,” or “terminally winsome”? You decide! (Well, that’s actually the song that the first commenter described as a “ghastly funky-guitar-disco mess,” but it’s the only one I could find from this album. The video is hilariously awesome, in an incredibly 1991 kind of way, though.)