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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Singles Going Single #23 - Fuzzy "Flashlight" 7" (1994, Seed)
Fuzzy's finest moment came on this genius single, a gleefully exuberant slice of power-chord pop that brandishes more hooks in three-and-a-half minutes than should be ordained by law. Seriously. This Beantown co-ed quartet were one of many '90s major label casualties, signed to "boutique" indie labels, (in their case, the Atlantic Records marketed Seed Records) that really didn't garner the national exposure their intended "best of both worlds" strategy was mapped out to. The Velocity-Girl-esque "Flashlight" was the first, and only single for Fuzzy's '94 self-titled album, their most satisfying if I may say so. Their like minded 1996 followup on Seed, Electric Juices, failed to put them over the top either, and they were presumably dropped, after eking out one last hurrah in the form of the independently released Hurray For Everything in 1999.
This here single offers a couple of non-lp numbers on the flipside, including the appropriately dubbed "Country Song," which sports a decidedly 'Americana' bent. As always, enjoy (or not).