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Wednesday 19 September 2007

Anastasia Screamed

We're cheating a bit here, I'm afraid. Not really cheating, but pushing the borders of what I'm doing here, for no other reason than because Anastasia Screamed are Americans and came "out of the same late-'80s post-punk Boston music scene that produced the Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., and the Pixies".

But they don't really sound like the Pixies or Dinosaur Jr (well, no one does I guess), this particular song sounds almost like an angry James, but with some really top notch jingly-jangly guitars - as all good Fire Records bands could turn out.

There are some pretty good biographies around the internet, not least the above and also here and here so I won't bother you too much with the details.

Instead, have a listen to Anastasia Screamed - Tornado and make up your own minds. Better than the Pixies? Probably not. Just about obscure enough to fit in to these pages? Probably.

I'm at a bit of a loss again I'm afraid. Even though I'm only putting this stuff up here so people can stumble across it and be reminded of the indie vinyl they've got kicking about in the loft, every time I do one of these and I'm not really 100% sure about the band I'm doing I feel like I'm cheating.

If it's any consolation there's a good BMX Bandits one coming...


  1. Hey don't beat yourself up. We love what you're doing here, and even if this were (as you claim) off-message, it's still ace. A good track and I've learned somthing here.

    Keep it up, dude.

  2. This was Chick Granning's band. He went on to Scarce, with a great album DEADSEXY in 1995. That was the soundtrack to an ace summer. What's he up to know?

  3. Thanks for this, I'm a big fan of (Chick Graning's band) Scarce, so it's good to hear what he was involved in before that.

    Andy: see here for what happened to Scarce - after eleven years they're back together.

  4. As already said , Chick Ganning went on to form Scarce , who wer still one of the greatest bands i ever saw (managed to see them 4 times in the uk and i don't think they did many more gigs than that, if any). What people might not know is they have finally got back together in the last few months. Even had MySpace message's from Jouce & Chick saying how well their recording is going.

    mc fontaine

    NN1 - Northampton,
    The New Barcelona

  5. Great news about Chick and Joyce recording again. Getting a hold of Chick's German label solo CD is tough, but well worth it. That combination of schizo-blues vocals and singing guitars was sometimes held back by the more straight rock moments of Anastasia Screamed, so Scarce should the promise of a great singing songwriter whose accident was a great loss to the scene that was.

  6. Anonymous22 June, 2008

    Had "Tornado" on a radio-taped c-60 from a Finnish radio show from the early nineties. Haven't heard this brilliant song for circa 15 years, yet still remember every word. The song popped into my head today i had to find it somewhere since the tape is long gone. Thanks for this!