This is probably one of my most non-descript entries to date, but read on. The 27 Various emanated out of the late '80s Minneapolis rock scene, but not that scene (i.e. Replacements, Husker Du, etc). Releasing a total of five independent albums between the relatively tiny Susstones label, and later Twin/Tone, the 27 Various seemingly had a difficult time carving out any sort of identity for themselves. Their albums (many of which are available cheaply online through all the usual suspects) were cohesive enough, but failed to yield much that was revelatory to more seasoned indie-rawk ears that demanded something more visceral. Nevertheless, this single's subtle A-side, "Granny Smith" is a keeper, a la Straitjacket Fits by way of early Candy Skins. "E too D," on the flip is a rocker that packs a more sizable bite, but pulls the reigns a few miles short of the station.
A. Granny Smith
B. E too D
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