Sunday, May 21, 2006

Magnapop




























In 1994 I was in college at Ohio University and would put my stereo speakers outside of the window. I'd crank this CD while drinking beer and throwing a dog-chewed Frisbee over car traffic passing on our crowded intersection with my friend Jon. I had no idea how much this band had been touched by greatness. Well... I did kinda know. This little write-up on the band will look like a "Who's Who" list of alternative rock.









Atlanta, Georgia based band Magnapop was formed in 1990. Lead vocalist Linda Hopper had already met Michael Stipe of REM in a design course at the University of Georgia. They were roomates for a while and Michael ended up producing the demo tracks that would be the band's first release. The song featured here in the group was from the album Hot Boxing (1994). It was produced by the big man himself. Yep... Mr. Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü fame. Speaking of Hüsker Dü, listen to the guitars of Ruth Morris in most Magnapop songs and you will be reminded of Mould's guitar sound. Juliana Hatfield met the band in West Virginia while touring with them and was so taken with the guitar stylings of Ruth Morris that she wrote the song Ruthless. Check out the Magnapop website for details on the latest release Mouthfeel. You can buy it on Amy Ray's (Indigo Girls) label Daemond Records. There is a Magnapop MySpace page also. You can't go wrong with any release you pick up from this band. I don't say that very often.














MP3: Here It Comes

1 comment:

DigMeOut said...

Check out a podcast review of Magnapop's 'Hot Boxing' on the Dig Me Out Podcast at digmeoutpodcast.com, a weekly podcast dedicated to reviewing lost and forgotten albums of the 90s.