It’s Like Waking Up in 1993 All Over Again

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Seriously, man. It’s like the kids in this band were fed nothing but a diet of Siamese Dream and Wish since they were, like, five. The rest of the album is pretty much more of the same. Which is not a bad thing, since I like Siamese Dream and Wish.

I’m just glad to have lived long enough for the Kids These Days to start bands that were inspired by all the bands I liked when I was their age. Go, Kids These Days! Go!

Also: some of you get inspired by Jesus and Mary Chain next, okay? Thanks, man.

24 Comments on “It’s Like Waking Up in 1993 All Over Again”

  1. Meh, that’s how you know you’re getting old. My nephew’s into Incubus, so I played him some of the King Crimson riffs they’d ripped off and he was like, “Wow, that stuff sounds so…modern.” KING CRIMSON! I didn’t even bother trying to play him some of the Rahsaan Roland Kirk THEY’D ripped off, or the Stockhausen and Hindemith that influenced RRK. As they say, everything old is new again.

  2. hey, you’re in luck! there are in fact some bands out there filling the fuzz and feedback niche of early Jesus and Mary Chain.
    such as…
    A Place To Bury Strangers.
    There’s a whole crazy retro-shoegaze/goth/early industrial resurgence going on that’s been quite enjoyable.

  3. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang of Space Command

    Woo. It sounds like music for an insurance commercial.

  4. After the first few bars I thought you’d stumbled onto the work of “The Joy Formidable.” Definitely my kind of music. Thanks.

  5. I think I heard this on a “Chuck” episode recently. If you want to hear Kids These Days who sound like Kids From Yesterday, Chuck is your weekly fix.

  6. It’s like Slowdive covering Siamese Dream. Or or or like… Belle & Sebastian covering (later period) Husker Du. Indie pop twee: check. Early 90s alt rock fuzz: check. This is in no way a bad combo.

  7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, anyone? Exquisite J&MC-inspired drone-y coolness.

  8. Sorry John, but I probably beat you to the trademark for the Kids These Days back around the time when you were one of the kids these days.

  9. Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes.

    This is probably the first new band I’ve heard and liked in at least a decade. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that I hear a lot of “Cherub Rock” in the guitar. Mmm, “Cherub Rock…” *drool*

  10. Addendum: I just bought the album before I even finished listening to the song. Thanks, Scalzi, for sharing these awesome-despite-their-emo-sounding-name guys!

  11. @Ravis I completely agree on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, especially the first couple of albums. For years now, I’ve been saying that Take Them On, On Your Own was the best Jesus and Mary Chain album of 2003. ;)

  12. I’ve been waiting for this sound to come back around for a while now. I still listen to the Pumpkins all the time (pre-adore, mind you).

  13. I have the Pains’ first album as well, and listening to them back to back still makes me think more of Velocity Girl than anything else. But, hey, BELONG was produced by Flood and mixed by Alan Moulder, who both worked with the Squished Squash amongst others, so no wonder the sound is beefier.

  14. Any song that’s compared to Smashing Pumpkins, Cure, and early 90s music is worthy of a listen. Unfortunately, when I hear this song, the first thing that comes to mind is the downhill side of And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead’s career….

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