Saturday, March 14, 2009

Splitting the Difference # 10 - Stiffs, Inc./Jonathan Fire*Eater (199?)

Here's a tour single (a label-less one at that) from two mid-90s outfits that never made much of a dent outside their native New York City. To put it simply, I was a huge follower of The Stiffs, Inc., an inventive four-piece groomed on late '70s British punk, with an unabashed inclination to cloak themselves in Victorian-era mystique. Their pick here to cover The Adverts "One Chord Wonders" is wholly appropriate, and furthermore, praiseworthy. The band's 1995 debut album Nix Nought Nothing is the stuff of genius, and is in my personal Top 50 albums of the '90s. I'll likely devote another post to them in the months to follow. Check out the hyperlink above for all sorts of info, and some tunes at Myspace.

As for Jonathan Fire*Eater, I wasn't much of a follower, but they do a decent job of Nancy Sinatra's "The City That Never Sleeps." You can check out a bio and some tunes here. Enjoy.

A1. The Stiffs, Inc. - One Chord Wonders
A2. The Stiffs, Inc. - Engineering 2
B. Jonathan Fire*Eater - The City That Never Sleeps


Unknown said...

The link is down, can you please re-upload it? a lot of appreciation thank you!

spavid said...

Just updated the link.

Unknown said...

The link is down... Saw this tour in the mid 90s though. Pretty incredible.