College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 72 and 71


72. Poundcake, Aloha Via Satellite

There is remarkably little information out there on the wild, wild web about the band Poundcake. They seem to fall precisely within that little window of time before every album received an abundance on online attention, but also late enough that there’s not quite enough nostalgia for someone to go back and fill in the blanks. Best as I can tell, Poundcake was from Boston, including at least one former member of the Cavedogs, a group a I recall doing quite well at the radio station. Aloha Via Satellite is, it seems, the sole album from Poundcake. It definitely has the sound of college radio-friendly stuff, with a straightforwardness to the big guitar sound and the lyrics. That’s really all I’ve got.

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71. Luscious Jackson, Fever In Fever Out

Not to be needlessly cynical, but someone in the Luscious Jackson camp was very adept at working the publicity machinery back in the mid-nineties. Not that the band wasn’t good enough to garner the attention legitimately–they absolutely had a way with offbeat pop songs that drew on diverse, unexpected styles–but they popped up in the oddest of places, such as MTV’s House of Style and on the ultra-hip Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete and Pete. And they spent most of their early career with music writers certain they were destined for a major breakthrough, predictions that seemed to prove accurate when “Naked Eye,” the lead single from Fever In Fever Out, crossed over into the Billboard Top 40. That helped the album become the first from the band to go gold. That turned out to be a peak rather than a permanent escalation to a new level, and the band broke up after their next album, 1999’s Electric Honey, was largely ignored. Eventually they decided to reunite, because everyone reunites these days, releasing a new track last year as a precursor to a supposed full album down the line.

An Introduction
–90 and 89: Antichrist Superstar and Three Snakes and One Charm
–88 and 87: No Code and Unplugged
–86 and 85: Greatest Hits Live and Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts
–84 and 83: To the Faithful Departed and God’s Good Urges
–82 and 81: Billy Breathes and Sweet F.A.
–80 and 79: The Process and Test for Echo
–78 and 77: Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds and Breathe
–76 and 75: Bob Mould and Walking Wounded
–74 and 73: It’s Martini Time and Trainspotting soundtrack

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