ARTIST: Fetchin Bones
TITLE: Bad Pumpkin
YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: Nooooo
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You gotta be a college radio junkie to have remembered them.
LINEUP: Hope Nicholls, Danna Pentes, Aaron Pitkin, Gary White
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A little ahead of their time in regards for commercial success, Fetchin Bones major label debut is still a good retro listen.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After two now-off-the-grid albums, Capitol Records signed the North Carolina quartet based on their live shows and word of mouth. While the material was pretty good, you could tell the studio wasn’t always their friend.
Vocalist Hope Nicholls has a quirky intensity that drives the songs, and the rest of the band follows with a mix of jangle, quasi-country, and a little grime. Guitarist Aaron Pitkin definitely know his Peter Buck chords, but also adds some distortion and pedal work. The lyrical storytelling is fun and consistent. But Nicholls is the star, and when Gary White sings a song about being stuck in Indiana (“Greeensburg”), you miss her even if the song is great.
I don’t think Capitol knew what to do with them once they signed them, and this fell between the cracks, only to live on as influences, and in dank memories of those who saw them live.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first two albums were released on DB Records, one of the better independent labels in the 80’s
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: The second side falls off a bit at the end, but for those of us who were in college in the 80’s, it’s a nostalgia trip.