Superchunk – Tossing Seeds (Singles 89-91)

ARTIST: Superchunk           Superchunk_tossing

TITLE: Tossing Seeds (Singles 89-91)

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: The A-sides: What Do I, Slack Motherfucker, Fishing, The Breadman, Seed Toss

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: My Noise, Cool

LINEUP: Mac McCaughan, Laura Balance. Jim Wilbur and Jack McCook are on guitar. Chuck Garrison plays most of the drums until the final single, where it’s Jon Wurster.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Singles compilation catches fans up on Superchunk, and is an essential snapshot of the early band.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While their second album is essential in its own right (and only has one track here, not counting a different version of “Cast Iron”), this collection is a better representative of early Superchunk than their first album.

Here, the band shows love for its influences (the Shangri-Las, Sebadoh, and obscure punk) and the 7” medium (start the song, make your statement, get out).  Tracks like “Slack Motherfucker”, “Fishing”, and “Cool” are anthems for that generation (which was my generation, to be honest, so this does resonate with me) and were great bursts for college radio and other places hip singles could be played.

As with any collection like this, not every B-side or track given to a comp is the best, but this is not just for completists. It’s worthwhile for any Superchunk or rock fan, really.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: One track from their Freed Seed single didn’t make this compilation (their version of Sebadoh’s “I Believe in Fate”)

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-: I’d grab this over their first album for sure.

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