YEAR RELEASED: 1990
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Slack Motherfucker
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: My Noise and Sick to Move if you were into alt-rock
LINEUP: Mac McCaughan, Laura Balance, Chuck Garrison, Jack McCook.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Uneven yet powerful debut by the Chapel Hill band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Superchunk debut is messy and clattery. The record was done in two days and it’s not the clearest sounding production in the world for many songs. A lot of the songs had the same feel and vibe.
But the ones that stick to you – “My Noise”, “Sick to Move”, and of course the 1989 Single of the Year “Slack Motherfucker” shine like a diamond.
SM may have been the first song to counter the impression that the Gen-X or Y 20-somethings were not at all happy if people were slacking (even though they made a whole dang movie about that concept). I mean I’m working, but I’m not working for you – NO!
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Single of the Year? Yep, in the Village Voice Pazz and Jop Poll of 1989.Oh, and original drummer Chuck Garrison is how they named the band Superchunk (ithe Chapel Hill phone book had him as Chunk Garrison)
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. The B-sides are in a collection.
GRADE: B: Yet another uneven debut gets a B even though some of the songs are my all-time favorites.