Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our archives in search of a lost gem.
Album: Paper Tigers, 2005
What happened: When Caesars’ spastic “Jerk It Out” was earmarked for a nationwide iPod ad campaign, the Swedish group seem poised for a breakthrough here in the States. But while the Astralwerks-issued Paper Tigers got some favorable notices, Caesars couldn’t capitalize on their “Jerk” jump-start, and the album languishes around the $1 range on Amazon.
Why it should have been a hit: Granted, there’s no shortage of pop-savvy Swedes out there, but Paper Tigers was full of fuzzed-out charm, and tracks like “It’s Not The Fall That Hurts” and “Out There” sound as though they were recorded in the bottom of some Scandinavian music-lab bunker 50,000 feet underground:
Caesars – It’s Not The Fall That Hurts [MP3]
Caesars – Out There [MP3]