Back in the early '90s, if a band wasn't decked out in flannel or failed to have a minimum of five distortion pedals at their feet I usually passed. With maturity comes the acceptance and ultimately embrace of music that was more nuanced, lucid, and tuneful. I really only got into the "pop" thing by 1997, and was relived there was an underground swelling with rewarding but often unheralded acts. I began my excavation, and eventually (and continuously) burrowed deep. It turns out that records by some of Hear No Evil's finest participants like Enemies in the Grass, Falling Stairs and The Bandables made their way into my collection (not to mention this site) in the intervening years. I didn't realize it back in '91, but that once unappreciated freebie cassette foreshadowed where I was headed.
Those three aforementioned acts (with the Bandables credited here as Jerry Kitzrow & the Bandables) became major league favorites of mine, easily persuading me with scrumptious hooks and jangly propulsion. Like I said, it took about twenty years for me to come around, but there's a wealth of other standout "left-off-the-dial" participants that I really wish I could hear more of - The Hasbros, Third Eye Butterfly, Hair Corpse, The Next Move, Nate Ouderkirk, the Bandables-related Mystery Date and more. Best of all, HNE doesn't cater to any extreme. A significant amount of the groups here are operating under similar parameters as say, the Smithereens, but it's not all power pop mind you. The version of the comp I'm presenting today is from the CD incarnation, not the tape. A full tracklist is available on the scan of the tray card to your right. BTW, a sequel to Hear No Evil was released shortly after, however I have yet to locate it. Enjoy.