The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Eggstone Takes A Dog’s-Eye View

Nov 10th, 2006 // 5 Comments

eggstone.jpgTime to delve into our piles of CDs for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we look at a record that unjustly fell to the wayside:

Artist: Eggstone
Song: “The Dog,” 1994
What happened: The Swedish trio Eggstone formed in 1986, and their first U.S. release, Somersault, was released by the BMG-distributed Critique records eight years later; it was stuffed with blindingly bright, hummable-from-first-listen pop songs.
Why it should have been a hit: “The Dog” has a massive chorus and quirky “wish I was a pup” lyrics–it even had a totally goofy video, which could normally guarantee at least a few modern-rock radio spins in the Alternative Nation days. Alas, “The Dog” only recieved a few plays on the college radio circuit–but Eggstone still garners much love from indiepop devotees, and Somersault, 12 years after its release, ranks as one of the best used-bin finds (we got our copy for $1.99) out there.

Eggstone – The Dog [MP3, link expired]
e g g s t o n e [hem.passagen.se]

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  1. Ned Raggett

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Got this album when it came out and will never let it go. My own words on it from a few years back.

  2. Jack Fear

    Couldn’t agree more. Somersault is an amazing album start to finish-XTC-style dream pop with seriously daft, seemingly machine-translated lyrics. There’s not a bum track on the thing.

  3. chaircrusher

    So so yummy. If the album is anything like this track, then it’s XTC’s “Oranges and Lemons”, only five years earlier, and without the crap Colin Moulding songs.

  4. e.lucid

    Are there any bands left in Sweden that Idolator hasn’t blogged yet?

  5. PengIn

    I don’t think they’ve mentioned Dozer yet. In The Tail Of A Comet (and the whole Man’s Ruin catalog, for that matter) is due for the re-release me treatment.

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