Review: Superchunk – Foolish (Remastered)

Backtrack to 1994 when Superchunk originally released Foolish on their own label moniker, Merge Records, after a three album stint with Matador Records. On the heals of the grunge movement, this album truly was different compared to other releases at the time. Superchunk breathed a unique life into ‘alternative’ music that was dominated by bands like Nirvana, Oasis, Beck and Soundgarden. Their sharp buzz saw guitars, slightly off kilter vocals and melodic hooks made Foolish an instant classic which stood out from their contemporaries and marked a new direction for the band from their punk rock roots.

Fast forward to present, and Superchunk / Merge Records remastered and re-released Foolish. Amazing tracks like the kick-you-in-the-face aggression of Water Wings, cool indie rock swagger of Driveway to Driveway and ultra moody Like A Fool have been given a mastering overhaul. Even today, in 2011, they remain as unique and relevant as they did when they originally released Foolish. This album could come out today and fit into the current indie rock landscape with no problem.

The Foolish reissue is available now on CD, LP, digital download, and deluxe version CD through Merge Records. All formats will also feature new artwork and liner notes from drummer Jon Wurster. The deluxe reissue version will include the following bonus material: The Clambakes, Vol. 6: One in a Row, a 64-minute live recording from 1994 of Superchunk’s show at First Avenue in Minneapolis during the Foolish tour; three songs from rehearsals in Jon Wurster’s basement taped just before the band entered the studio to record the album; and the three acoustic b-sides from the Driveway to Driveway EP.

Watch their video for Driveway to Driveway.

 

See them live in UK later this year
December 1 – London, England @ Scala
December 2 – Minehead, England @ All Tomorrow’s Parties

For more information on Superchunk, visit www.superchunk.com.

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