Welcome to yet another installment of Review Revue fueled by a band and album I’d never heard of before pulling it off the KEXP vinyl shelves. Stump’s A Fierce Pancake is, as you might guess from the album title, a very strange album. I’m not surprised that the band’s first and only full length full-length did not bring them the fame and fortune they hoped for; I’m only surprised that anyone thought it might. Which is not to say it’s bad, it’s just very... odd, and not at all something I’d peg for chart-topping success. Ah well, the ’80s were a different time, I guess.
It seems A Fierce Pancake only generated a pair of reviews, but they seem to sum up the range of opinion pretty well. For what it’s worth, I’ve listened to this album twice through and have not heard a hint of Steely Dan. More like Oingo Boingo covering the Minutemen, maybe?
“This produced by Holger Hiller which is the highlight for me. Sounds great, however the music is not as great as it sounds. Shawn thought ‘Alcohol’ sounded like Steely Dan, which is close, however some if not most of the music is quirky and interesting in parts.”
“This is a fucking excellent album! Quirky + wacky but not without seriousness in musical approach. I’d love to see these guys perform and I’d love to hear this record played on the air. Have fun. What else is there?”