I bought the first Treepeople 7" on a hunch one day back in '89, simply because the picture sleeve looked sorta interesting (a grunged-out dude pushing a floor sweeper; yup, looks like rawk to me) and because I recognized some of the Seattle-related names on the back cover. It was around this same time that I grabbed the first Snuff 7" for mostly the same reasons-- knowing nothing about the band other than the picture of the stagediver on the back looked really cool-- so I guess I was two for two in that department.
When I took the Treepeople 7" home and listened to it for the first time, I was totally floored by what came out of the speakers. Keep in mind that most of the big anthemic rock stuff that I was really into during the mid-80's (Dinosaur Jr., The Replacements, end-of-the-line Government Issue) had either broken up or gone to seed a couple of years earlier, and now here was a record that sounded like a lot of those bands all at once, with an emphasis on the Dinosaur Jr. part. Outside of Prisonshake's "Deanna", I don't think I bought another single that year that I liked better than "Important Things", even if the guitar solos on it were mostly stupid.
A couple of years later the Pacific NW scene that had seemed so promising at one point started getting really crappy, and this ended up being the last Treepeople record that I bought for a while-- not like that's their fault. You can correct my mistake by heading over to Willfully Obscure, where they recently posted almost all of the Treepeople singles that I ended up not buying after this one.
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