Time for yet another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we blow the dust off of a forgotten favorite and give its lack of chart success a once-over.
Artist: Blinker The Star
Song: August Everywhere, 1999
What happened: Long before the Canadian indie-rock scene took off, Montreal act Blinker the Star was considered a great white hope for the Great White North, thanks to frontman Jordon Zadorozny’s songwriting smarts (he received a lone songwriting credit on Celebrity Skin, meaning that he probably actually wrote half the album). August Everywhere was the group’s DreamWorks debut, and it went straight to the used bins; you can now get it for as low as a penny on Amazon.
Why it should have been a hit: August takes some of ’90s alt-rock’s most familiar styles–wall-of-guitar shoegaze, Pixies-esque clamor–and refurbishes them with crisp production and melody; there’s not a bad song on the set, and that’s probably due to Zadorozny’s dedication to finding a perfect pop hook in every moment. Trust us, this will be the best penny you’ll spend all year.
Blinker the Star – Below The Sliding Doors [MP3, link expired]
Blinker the Star – Pretty Pictures [MP3, link expired]
Blinker the Star – I Am A Fraction [MP3, link expired]
Blinker the Star [Official Site]