The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: The Drop Nineteens Get Their Wings

Dec 19th, 2006 // 3 Comments

dn1.gifTime 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: Drop Nineteens
Song: “Angel,” 1992
What happened: This Boston band’s first full-length, Delaware, came out in 1992; it was full of just enough blissed-out guitar fuzz to garner the band more than a few fans on the other side of the Atlantic, as well as a Peel Session. Ode-to-Ms.-Ryder “Winona” was the first single from Revolver, and it achieved minor radio success; the band, after going through some personnel changes, put out a second album before calling it quits in 1995.
Why it should have been a hit: Sure, it predated the “let’s have the alt-rock bands cover the ’80s” trend by a good decade, but why wasn’t “Angel” a single? The washed-out vocals and pealing guitar freak-out at the end gave a dreary, yet beautiful spin to the pepped-up Madonna track, and its glancing resemblance to the original would have at least made some of the more casual radio listeners out there do a double-take.

Drop Nineteens – Angel [MP3, link expired]
Drop Nineteens – Winona [MP3, link expired]

  1. Ned Raggett

    A great cover, yes, but for my money an even better one is Long Fin Killie’s, only found on a single. (Time for another cover face-off, I think…)

    Also, the sole album by Hot Rod (which resulted from said ‘personnel changes’) is much better than the second Drop Nineteens album. He said.

  2. Feh Am Legend

    Yeah, I’m still not so sure about this one. I bought it back in the day at the old Kim’s Downstairs (staffed by the folks who would later start Other Music I believe); admittedly on the basis of the cover and title, which are brilliant. (Remember when that was a semi-reliable basis for finding new music?) Anyway, I sold it soon after due to indifference. I might have tried it on a few mixtapes but it never really caught me.

    Listening to it again makes me think they learned all the wrong lessons from MBV. Like many Boston bands there is no sense of dynamics, just crank it up to 10 and plow through.

  3. MTS

    Remember how mad Sassy got about this album cover?

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