🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Elastica

Another hgatrt has made the grade…

Tears For Fears get a nice round number:

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Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
David Berman 4.47
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Sparklehorse 4.29
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
J Dilla 4.23
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Dead Kennedys 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
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Bill Callahan 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Les Savy Fav 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
D’Angelo 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Grace Jones 4.05
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Super Furry Animals 4.03
Fuck Buttons 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
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Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
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Bob Dylan 3.97
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Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
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Sigur Rós 3.93
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Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
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Arab Strap 3.91
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Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
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The Twilight Sad 3.88
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Spiritualized 3.85
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Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
The Blue Nile 3.84
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Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
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Deerhunter 3.81
Creedence Clearwater Revival 3.81
Aaliyah 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Patti Smith 3.79
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Spoon 3.76
Sparks 3.76
Missy Elliott 3.75
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Angel Olsen 3.72
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Rage Against The Machine 3.71
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The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
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Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Air 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
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The Antlers 3.63
Ty Segall 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Deafheaven 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Will Oldham 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
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Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
Tears For Fears 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Jane’s Addiction 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Cypress Hill 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
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Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Shins 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Converge 3.36
Metronomy 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Iron & Wine 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
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Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
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Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
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Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
The Futureheads 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
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Pearl Jam 3.15
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Ian Dury 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
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TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Maxïmo Park 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
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The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Ride 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
The xx 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
The Distillers 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
Eurythmics 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Nelly Furtado 2.68
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Tame Impala 2.66
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
The Weeknd 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
N.E.R.D 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Jamiroquai 2.17
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
Sir Rod Stewart 1.88
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Kaiser Chiefs 1.84
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Bruno Mars 1.79
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today;

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  • Elastica
  • The Menace

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  • Stutter
  • Line Up
  • Connection
  • Waking Up
  • Car Song
  • How He Wrote Elastica Man
  • Mad Dog God Dam
  • The Bitch Don’t Work

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Liked them at the time, but with distance if you take out their songs that are total rips of other songs there’s not a lot there at all.

To expand on that, I get that art steals blah blah but these were so ridiculously blatant

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They get a 5 from me based purely on how much I grew to love that debut album.

When I first got it I was a bit unsure. For one thing it was very short and CDs cost a lot of money so I initially felt a bit short-changed somehow. I hadn’t really been into music for that long. I mean I liked music in general but it wasn’t until Uni that I actually hung out in clubs and such with people.

My friends at home had stuck on albums while we played D&D and the like but it was generally fairly background to what we were doing and at home I only had a tape deck and didn’t really buy anything, just had albums I’d taken from my mum’s tapes.

So yeah, other albums I’d bought had been around the 50 mins mark so this was only about 37 and that was surprising to me.

The other thing that surprised me was how short the songs were, like some would just end like the tape ran out. I had had Beatles albums on tape but even when short their songs tended to feel quite full, a whole song’s worth of verse chorus stuff, whereas here I felt like these songs were not as conventional.

Anyway, got to love it loads over the years as I played it.

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A 5 from me. One album full of bangers. A second which whilst nowhere near the heights of the debut, is still worthy of its place at the table imo. And then they were done. Really glad they never reformed.

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Connection is 10x the song Three Girl Rhumba is. Waking Up is also a lot better than No More Heroes. Just great stuff really.

Not sure Stutter, 2:1, SOFT, Never Here or Car Song are particular rip offs are they?

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:heart:

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Line up is also a terrible rip off. Better in your opinion maybe, but not mine

Oh, and the debut was the first record I bought with my own money on my 10th birthday.

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Baby, I’m ready to go and give them a 2/5

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Not something I’d listen to regularly but I think the debut stands up. I’m really not and never was a fan of what might vaguely be termed Britpop so it’s kind of an exception for me.

All the obvious influences will get mentioned but I’ll also throw out Martha and the Muffins - I saw the video for Echo Beach not long ago and it’s like Elastica used it as a template.

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Is this a wolfcastle moment?

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The first time I met someone who had heard of Elastica was in the Winchester branch of Oxfam and I proposed to him, despite having a bf at the time (although not for much longer).

Not much material but what there is is great. Justine Frischmann’s voice is unassailably cool, they sound like they’re having fun, they end each song as soon as it loses their interest, and I dunno, it’s just all good fun isn’t it (except Never Here, which is sad). Stutter is a top 50 song for me too.

5/5

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I tried. Think I bought their album in an Oxfam actually. Just don’t like it though. Maybe I’ll try again today.

Only really know the one song I think, so dunno

Justine was one of the coolest people in Britpop by a country mile. As I’ve grown older I realised how much was “inspired” by other bands but still, plenty of bangers.

Had a dream they reformed recently, which is obviously never going to happen sadly - possibly the only band from that era that never will.

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When Elastica came out I don’t think I listened to anything else for about six months. Absolutely loved it, the songs and the sound were great, and (as was very important to a 14 year old) they seemed extremely cool.

By the time The Menace came out I had moved on, was more into post rock and viewed my Evening Session-indie days with a little embarrassment. Still haven’t listened to it.

4 for the memories.

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Liked the first album without really ever living it, the exception being Never Here which is one of my all time favourite songs from that era and had and shoulders above all their other songs in my opinion.

Don’t think they’d exist without Trigger Happy TV

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