The Posies were one of the best Power Pop bands to come out of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s (just take a moment to let that sink in…). And thanks to nostalgia and a slew of Generation X-ers now running boutique record labels, the world gets to rediscover a number of sadly over-looked beauties from the not too distant past.
The good folks at Omnivore Records (a recent trove of new and re-issued releases) have just put out The Posies fantastic 1988 debut, Failure, on CD and vinyl with eight bonus tracks. The album, though not the band’s best (that distinction belongs to 1993’s Frosting on the Beater, followed closely by 2010’s Blood/Candy) is still a great snapshot of a young band raised on Cheap Trick and Big Star, playing jangly guitars and tight snares under the sweetest harmonies. Songs like “Ironing Tuesday,” “Blind Eyes Open” and the beautifully sentimental “Paint Me” are begging for new life in a new decade.
The bonus tracks, though not necessary are still a damn fine extra, with demos, a live take on “Believe in Something Other (Than Yourself)” and an instrumental. Here’s hoping Frosting on the Beater gets similar treatment!
The Posies – Failure (CD)