Second Spin: Giving The Oohlas Another Oohlisten

Jan 15th, 2007 // 8 Comments

When the Oohlas’ Best Stop Pop came out in September, the group was immediately met with comparisons to Belly and Veruca Salt, two love-’em-or-leave-’em acts that may have turned off potential fans. But we’ve come to appreciate Pop‘s ensaring melodies, especially since we’re such shameless ’90s nostalgists ourselves:

The Oohlas – Across The Stars In Blue [MP3, link expired]
The Oohlas – Cahuenga Shuffle [MP3, link expired]
The Oohlas [MySpace]

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  1. tankboy

    I think this album is a whole lot of fun and can not for the life of me figure out why it’s been met with such a collective yawn. When I spin songs off the disc into my DJ set foljks seem into them, so why is there no buzz?

    Of course the fact the only play L.A. and New York might just answer my question, so maybe I should just take it back.

  2. GeddyLee

    Tankboy, you underestimate the unfortunate stigma of an Ultragrrl.

    http://www.stolentransmission.com

  3. Emo Sommelier

    “Small Parts” – that song rules. When I listen to this record, I can’t help but think of Echobelly, Lush, and Sleeper. Obscure 90′s female-led Britpop bands are where it’s at, yo.

  4. tankboy

    It’s too bad folks would pass on them just because of their connections. And it still doesn’t explain why the wider public has totally missed the boat. 99.99999% of the populace has no idea who Ultragrrl is.

    Plus, what has Sarah ever done but try to champion bands? Sure, sometimes her tastes clash with mine but at least she seems to honestly dig the things she does.

    I mean, if someone wants to attack a band just because of their connections, you need look no further than The Oohlas guitarist, ex-Everlcear drummer Greg Eklund. of course attacking a band because of that would involve overlooking whether they were actually any good or not, and kind of betray a less than critical interest in commentary, but hey, to each their own, right?

  5. Audif Jackson Winters III

    I’ll have my own: they’re an awful Letters to Cleo ripoff.

  6. nixon

    Check them out doing an acoustic version of Small Parts here:

    http://www.liquidgeneration.com/Media/Music/Live_at_LG_The

  7. drjimmy11

    attacking a band … overlooking whether they were actually any good or not

    but isn’t that what being an indie blogger/critic is all about?

  8. We Don't Live in the 60s

    Of course the fact the only play L.A. and New York might just answer my question, so maybe I should just take it back.

    I’ll agree with that. They are lucky enough to have a deal, but if you want fans and you aren’t getting tons of radio airplay you have to actually play. And play in more than just NYC and LA. There’s a whole lot of the country that buys records that aren’t in either of those locales.

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