Wednesday, June 21, 2006

You Know It's Bringing Me Down

Material Issue International Pop OverthrowI've been way into Material Issue lately for some reason. Looking up Pat DiNizio info reminded me that maybe it's because it was ten years ago yesterday that Jim Ellison, lead singer and songwriter for Material Issue, killed himself. I was working in radio at the time and I remember hearing the news and being pretty distraught. I played a few classic tunes in the hopes that they'd earn a few new listeners through the news of the tragedy. I hope it did.

Do yourself a favor and pick up International Pop Overthrow. This is the epitome of a too poppy album and it's the most appropriate way to remember Ellison. It was truly a coming-of-age album for me, and it makes for a superb summer soundtrack.

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