The Fastbacks – Zucker

ARTIST: The Fastbacks Zucker_album
TITLE: Zucker
SINGLES: Gone to the Moon
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sub Pop fans, yes. Seattle fans, yes. Else, no.
LINEUP: Kim Warnick, Kurt Bloch, Lulu Gargiulo, Rusty Willoughby
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Seattle underground legends release their first Sub Pop studio album and gets some national acclaim from the punk-and-grunge minded national underground.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Fastbacks were a long-time Seattle band, starting out when many of the grungers were in high school (or middle school). They went through 15-20 drummers in their career but the main trio of Warnick, Bloch, and Gargiulo were constant.

Zucker is their first Sub Pop non-compilation release, and it combines the hooks of good pop to a punk rock sound that is mostly raw and raucous with lyrics that are quirky and sardonic at times. Bloch, the main songwriter, fills his songs with crunch and hooks.

I don’t think it’s as good as the critics at the time said it was. But, they’re an important band for Seattle and one of the first that had females at the core (even though Bloch was the defacto leader). It’s a quaint gem for a band that influenced the Seattle scene than contemporary folks remember.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: One of the first drummers to roll through the band was Duff McKagan, who of course later became the bassist for Guns ‘n’ Roses.


GRADE: B+: Punk rock sound, pop rock hooks.

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