Their moniker begins with a "C," but the adjectives that describe them most appropriately begin with the thirteenth letter of the alphabet - muscular and melodic. The little band that could from Calgary made waves when their self-titled LP on Sub Pop detonated in 1996. Piledriving, fun, tight, and eminently powerful, Chixdiggit! was composed of every iota of these aesthetics, which coincidentally or not worked wonders for Chix key inspirational antecedents, The Ramones. A crush of guitars, KJ Jansen's bratty prose, and an unyielding, propulsive rhythm section made this Canadian quartet keepers, and after imbibing their full length a few dozen times I was itching to hear more. I took it upon myself to do a little backtracking, and I obtained their 1995 7", Best Hung Carrot in the Fridge on the Nanaimo, BC Lance Rock label. The title track, a cheeky but bracing punk pop ditty concerning ones...let's say, nether regions, was nothing short of the finest 126 seconds of tuneage I had encountered this side of anything on Flip Your Wig. Not a nanosecond is wasted, and Chixdiggit's surge of power-chords and hooks won't relent to save your life (not that you'd want 'em to of course). "Best Hung Carrot" was backed by two songs including a punchy rendition of George Michael's "Faith." I'm presenting the 1999 CD reissue of the single in question, which pads on five bonus tracks entailing among others the popular Chixdiggit! demo, "I Should Have Played Football in High School."
01. Best Hung Carrot in the Fridge
04. I Should Have Played Football in High School
05. Mila, Caroline and Me
06. King of Kensington
08. My Debutante
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