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399. Songs From the Hydrogen Jukebox – Two Pound Planet

SONGS FROM THE HYDROGEN JUKEBOX (1993)

Two Pound Planet

Hailing from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and releasing two albums (I believe) is a serious AYSO for its wonderful exuberance. Fans of REM, Daniel Amos, Jacob’s Trouble and The 77’s will find something here to love. Combining Beach Boy influenced harmonies with Elvis Costello like delivery Two Pound Planet created an infectious and totally satisfying project.

Produced by Mitch Easter (REM, Suzanne Vega, Pavement) who before producing was the lead vocalist for Let’s Active (the band I once saw Charlie Peacock open for) creates a wonderful musical experience and adds the perfect amount of kick to the project. The “Pet Sounds” derivative “After All” is a pure delight and the horn section bridge is priceless.

The album appeared on Randy Layton’s “Alternative Records” which is responsible for more than a few releases that appear on this list including projects from The 77’s, Steve Scott, Robert Vaughn and of course Two Pound Planet. “Now I Know” has a real REM flair while there’s an Oasis vibe throughout a good year or so before that band even broke through in the States.

There are really no clunkers on the project and if there is a way to get a hold of this project you really should as this is clearly an AYSO of the highest level.

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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 17, 2010 at 12:29 am

    This is a CD I had that has disappeared over the years. Man I miss it. I think these dudes moved to Oklahoma and are now in a band called Admiral Twin. They have a great release on Tony Shore and Steve West’s Pop Collective label.

  2. Greenchili
    May 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I could definitely see myself picking up this one without a thought. There is definitely some good stuff on this list so far. 🙂

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