90s score – N/A
2020 score – 4 / 10
While reading Jason Greenberg’s opus about EVE 6’s self-titled record, a thought occurred to me. Now Jason usually elicits thoughts from me, none of which are appropriate to put here, but he mentioned in that article about EVE 6’s record being easily forgettable. This gave me pause as to the purpose of this series. Sure, I could put forth records that I already know and love, OR I could drag the depths of my memories for albums that no one has ever thought of outside of the year they were put out.
To wit, we are brought to a record out of 1995 by Deep Blue Something called Home, which houses (nailed it) their most famous song, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which I once heard accurately described on VH1’s “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever” as “the music itself is so bland that you might forget you’re listening to music at all.” But I recall I kind of liked it, so I thought, what better record to listen to right now, having never listened to it previously, and rate for this.
Deep Blue Something was formed at the University of North Texas in Denton. Interestingly, they thought of themselves as “an alternative band with gothic elements,” so before even listening to the album, I was already expecting a disconnect between the song I know and what the record supposedly is.
After listening to it, what struck me is how old the record sounds. Not in the “This album was released in the 90s sort of way,” more in the, “this band was written by 20 somethings?!” kind of way. It sounds more like it was written by middle-aged dads trying to make “young people music” of the time. The whole record reeks of a band that wrote a bunch of songs in bars and then never really worked on them again, filled with parts that were cut down from jams to fill up set times, a pronounced “funky” bass, and run of the mill everything else.
Possibly the most frightening thing to consider is that most bands put out their catchiest or best song as the radio single. By the end of the record, I realized to my horror that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” ACTUALLY WAS the most interesting thing I had heard in the forty-two minutes of playtime, only occasionally being clued in that music was playing by a vaguely out of place beat or somewhat interesting guitar work, but nothing that truly held my interest.
While I checked to see how long I was into the record, the last track, “Wouldn’t Change a Thing,” was playing. In it, the lead singer Todd Pipes talks about how people don’t believe in his band and how he “Wouldn’t change a thing if my mother said to / so why would I change a thing cause a DJ says,” which strikes me as a form of arrogance that I’m both impressed and concerned with.
But regardless of my thoughts in this review, it might shock you to know that Deep Blue Something is STILL making music, releasing a new song in September of this year with more on the way (apparently), so I guess in the end, the strategy of changing nothing has actually worked out for them. So, don’t worry random band full of people who know better than fans and people that try to give you advice; you too can have a single hit song and keep making music 25+ years later. All you have to do is believe.
Written by Andrew Wieler
*Edited by Dominic Abate