Saturday, June 21, 2008

Singles Going Single # 48 - Sammy 7" (Hep Cat, 1995)

Although no one in Sammy was named "Stephen Malkmus," the band seemed to have the stylings of the Pavement/Jicks frontman hard wired into their collective DNA nonetheless. Sammy's transcontinental core of Luke Wood and Jesse Hartman were slanted, enchanted and crooked to a fault, especially on their excellent first LP, aptly titled Debut Album, which is still available some 14 years later. Inspired, to say the very least, their uncanny resemblance to Pavement accorded them a decent following, which led to a deal with Geffen. Prior to their second album, Tales of Great Neck Glory, which disappointed on many levels, (mostly commercial) a slew of eps and singles preceded it, and this is one of them. "Chili Lite" unofficially signaled the dawning of a slightly less-derivative Sammy, but still maintained their overall aesthetic - one that eventually became stifled after the big boys rang the dinner bell.

A. Chili Lite
B. Kohut (Little Darlings)


Dana said...

I don't really understand where it came from or why, but recently Sammy's debut album appeared on eMusic with 3 bonus tracks.

One interesting bit of Sammy related ephemera is a CD Single by Laptop (Jesse Hartman's later band) called Don't Try This At Home where he does 3 old Sammy songs in the 80's synth pop style of his newer project.

Lastly, I'd go out on a limb and say that the Sammy b-side Cafeteria Hawker is one of the better things they did.

Ralph Dodger said...

Thanks - hadn't heard this before!

Stathis said...

Please, repost also this 7''.

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

John Coulter said...

any chance you can re-up the link 9 years later?

e6gMan said...

Any chance for a re-up, please? Thanks!