I was obviously born a sucker for just about any rock that's loud, hooky, and anthemic, which in the past has led to some sorta questionable choices on my part (mid-period Soul Asylum ca. "Hang Time" and "Horse They Rode In On", New Sweet Breath, a two-song Matthew Sweet CD that I actually paid ten bucks for, the first Buckpets LP which I'll be getting to any minute now, that one really really bad Ryan Adams CD), and I can see that some of you were about to throw Small (nee Small 23) onto the pile, except that I can point to some pretty great 7"-ers in their defense. Dunno as much about their LPs, which isn't to say that I didn't rock the hell out of "True Zero Hook" and "Silver Gleaming Death Machine" back in the day, before trading them in for something a little more "authentically indie" and respectable-- like, I don't know, an LMNOP CD or something.
Repeated listening to the "Noodles" 45 that I ripped last year sometime, and "Toastmaster", as well as the one or two other Small 7"-ers that I still have laying around, gave me the itch to spin one of those spotty Small LPs one more time. Only thing is, I didn't have 'em anymore, so I scored a cut-out CD of "True Zero Hook" for a penny on eBay, and then promptly lost it for about six months. I mean, literally lost it-- looking everywhere for it, behind the computer desk, under the turntable... until one day it showed up where I put it in the first place: properly put away in one of my CD towers, in defiance of my usual strategy of leaving all newly purchased CDs in a messy pile on the floor until I finally give up thinking that I'm ever going to really listen to them and file them away with the shrinkwrap still intact.
So, anyway, six months later, here's Small 23's "True Zero Hook", not including the one song that sounds like what Atlas would eventually sound like ("Red Comes Up") or any of the six or seven other songs that I'm sure Wilfully Obscure will be posting eventually. And does the thing still rock like it's 1993? Heck, yes, it does!
Small 23 -
"True Zero Hook"
"Makes Me High"
"Get Used To It"
(these files are now listen-only)