The Wishniaks - Nauseous and Cranky ep (1988, Bloodmoney)
This ep is a scant fourteen minutes, but hard as it may be to believe Philly's Wishniaks don't waste a nanosecond. The quartet's winsome power pop formula was partially derived from the Stones rough-hewn nonchalance (albeit presented in a much more modest context here) and lusciously paired with deftly crafted jangle-tones, populating so many left-of-the-dial outlets of the day. Aesthetically, this may not scream "cutting edge" but the Wishniaks arrangements are forward thinking and the band exude chemistry for miles, foreshadowing the like-minded pastiche that would eventually be thrown down by the Figgs and Sloan. Nauseous and Cranky my ass, more like visceral and inspired. Expect more Wishniaks to come on these pages.
01. Point of No Return
03. Double Takin'
04. 6 AM
05. Marianne Faithful