ARTIST: Veruca Salt
TITLE: American Thighs
YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: #69 US, #1 US Heatseekers, #47 UK
SINGLES: Seether (#8 US Modern Rock), Number One Blind (#20 Modern Rock, #68 UK), Victrola (#88 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: All Hail Me (it was a video)
LINEUP: Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro, Steve Lack
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Rocking debut from Chicago band proved to be a radio hit, due to “Seether”, which was all over alternative radio.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Veruca Salt came out of nowhere in 1994 as “Seether” blasted all over the place. While the single is exciting and visceral, the album it’s from has some cuts that are spotty.
The duo of Nina Gordon and Louise Post led the band, and each wrote songs separately. Gordon’s songs, (“Seether”, “Forsythia”, “Victrola”, especially) seemed to be more straight forward and had a rock edge. Post’s songs were darker, and except for “All Hail Me” and “Spiderman ‘79” seemed to get lost in a slow tempo mush.
There was some backlash, because the Chicago indie community eats itself whole, and they came out of nowhere to strike it big and get a major label deal after “Seether” hit. The record and the band didn’t really deserve it, since there was a lot to work with – they just needed to be more consistent.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was released on a small independent label in late September 1994, but within two months DGC records picked it up.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: One cut was CD only – which by 1994 really meant it wasn’t deluxe or anything.
GRADE: B: Some great alternative rock songs, some dour sluggish songs. It’s decent enough for consideration.