In Loving Memory Of…

A few days ago I asked you, world, to provide me with novel musical stimulus; I regret not providing you with more feedback at the time, so let me take this moment to tell you about some music. One album in particular, by the now-defunct Big Wreck. The album is called “In Loving Memory Of…”.

Let me say this as clearly as I can: this is the best rock album you’ve never heard of, and the fact that it didn’t sell a billion copies is evidence of a crime.

If you like (or, even, know about) the Afghan Whigs “Gentlemen” or “1965”, this album is a must-have, a set of great, great songs looking back over the detritus of a failed relationship. In a just world, “Blown Wide Open”, “Overemphasizing” or one of a half-dozen other tracks on this album would be enough to carry a career all on their own, and there’s no filler here at all.

Now you know!


  1. Ken
    Posted December 19, 2006 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I, too, love that album. It’s from a time when my tastes were less refined, so I’ve sometimes been uncertain that it was quality and not just nostalgic for me. Good to see someone else enjoys it.

    Gallowsbird’s Bark by The Fiery Furnaces: awesome. Maybe you already know In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel?

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted December 19, 2006 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” is, I concur, great. And strangely, I am also a fan of In Loving Memory Of.. from an earlier stage of my life. This album is just so good at Taking Me Right Back, though, that it doesn’t seem to matter a bit that my tastes have changed.

    The Fiery Furnaces: Noted!