Thursday, 12 February 2015

No. 17 Arcwelder - Favor

It hasn't been particularly apparent from the first sixteen selections, but I have an abiding fondness for US alternative rock. Basically, if it featured in Michael Azerrad's brilliant, essential Our Band Could Save Your Life, then I'll probably be willing to champion it. So don't be too surprised if there's a fair amount of tunes like this one in the posts that follow.

Arcwelder may need an introduction; they emerged from Minneapolis at the tail end of the 1980s (they were originally called Tilt-a-whirl until the company that makes the tilt-a-whirl sued them). They released a half-dozen albums between 1990 and 1999 (I have all but the hard-to-find first) and its fair to say they never achieved massive commercial success (though they never really sought it either).

Favor was their 'hit' - it attracted the attention on Stereolab's Duophonic label and they released it as a one-off single - both Favour and the equally fine b-side, Plastic are culled from the band's second album, Jacket Made In Canada. It also made it into the 1992 Festive 50, reaching number 32. It is a fine piece of post-Hüsker Dü noise-pop, clocking in at well under three minutes. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.

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