Thursday, January 26, 2006

Big Sugar

Today in Music History:

In 1980 The Ramones' remake of the Ronettes' "Baby I Love You" enters the British singles chart, where it will peak at #8 – their biggest hit in any country.
Big SugarCanada has a wealth of artists who receive minimum recognition south of the border. There are a slew of musicians that most Americans have never heard, yet are everyday big names up here. Big Sugar probably fits that bill. Canadians are well acquainted with this band and so should the rest of the world. Unfortunately they disbanded a couple years ago, but while together they put out some great stuff. Big Sugar is a hard band to categorize, but I'll try my best.

This eclectic band hails from Toronto and are in every sense of the word, original. A blues rock outfit that underwent several personnel changes from it's inception in 1991, to their last compilation album in 2003. But it worked. By the end they had one dude with heavy dreadlocks, one guy who can be described as Mr. Slick, and a seamless mixture of black and white members. Playing everything from guitar driven, riff heavy music to reggae and dub with a caribbean flavor, these guys covered all the bases. Their shows were noted for the floor-to-the-rafters speaker system with heart-shaking bass lines and energetic in your face guitars. I have to offer up a couple gems here. The first track, Nicotina, is a flat out rocker with a riff that kills. When you listen to it for the first time, turn up the volume, the louder the better. The first time I heard it, I was blown away. See what'd I tell ya, it kicks ass. Then the second track kinda showcases a different side with a reggae type feel to it. If you're a fan of classic rock, rock, alternative rock, or any kind of rock, you'll like these songs. Enjoy and buy Big Sugar for your rock n roll sweet tooth.

Nicotina(She's All That) by Big Sugar
(File taken down, check current posts for some more great music)
Turn the Lights On by Big Sugar
(File taken down, check current posts for some more great music)

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