Monday, February 16, 2004

SST was the home to many of the shining lights of 80's indie. Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, The Meat Puppets, Das Damen (who actually do have one great EP), the Minutemen...the list goes on and on. You might be surprised to see the full SST discography and discover that an awful lot of SST releases were not by Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, The Meat Puppets, The Minutemen, or, in fact, by anyone other than Zoogz Rift.

I first discovered Zoogz when a college dj played this song back to back with Scott Johnson's great John Somebody, and I still have the two songs permanently linked in my mind. (Here's an excerpt of John Somebody, just in case you don't know it.)

Anyway, poor Zoogz. I just have this sense that when people talk about SST's glory days, they're not including classics like A Very Pretty Song for a Very Special Young Lady, where Zoogz lets his sensitive side come out. Nor will they recall the way Zoogz's friends stuck up for him, and treasured any chance to see him live.

But I take comfort knowing that Zoogz had a good sense of his worth and knew how to look on the bright side of things. Well, most of the time.

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