Sunday, June 9, 2013

Prick Tunes: Big Wreck "The Oaf"

Bands get lost in the shuffle. The cream doesn't always rise to the top. Just watch an episode of Driven on VH1; those pop stars kill to get where they think they are going. There are a thousand Beyonces in the world, but only one makes it. If you come along too late to a genre, it doesn't stick. There are plenty of one hit wonders and there are plenty of explanations for the phenomenon. Big Wreck is just one of those bands. They came too late into the 90s and sounded a bit too much like Chris Cornell. Ian Thornley fronts Big Wreck, a Canadian, and one can only guess why Nickelback gets to rule the world while Big Wreck fades into oblivion. In my humble opinion, "The Oaf" is one of the greatest 90s tracks there is, only now forgotten. I've seen Big Wreck rock a stage several times, and they have the rare feat of sounding like the recording. Not many bands can do that, so let's celebrate post-90s not-quite-grunge rock with some of the old and some of the new:

 Here is 1997's "The Oaf":

*UPDATE* I changed this video to one uploaded just 3 months ago to Big Wreck's YouTube channel, well here you go, enjoy the shred:

1 comment:

Stan Earnest said...

They also change guitars more than just about any band I've ever seen (presumably because of Thornley's pension for awkward tunings), except for maybe The Boss and that is only because Bruce plays for 18 hours at a time.

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