YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #153
SINGLES: Fuck You, Believe (#19 Modern, #34 Mainstream), I’ll Stay High, Unlucky Friend
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nope, not a one
LINEUP: Scott Hackwith, Johnny Cornwell, Jon Morris, Phil Friedmann, Anthony Smedlie
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: “Corporate” Alt-Rock record that tried to emulate everything that suits thought was trendy in the alternative rock circles. Only a couple tracks work.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Hey kids, let’s make an alternative rock album!
That seems the mode that Dig was in when this album was released. Loud-soft dynamics, sad white boy lyrics, angst galore, guitar riffs everywhere, and somehow a sound that was both polished and rough. Well, sorta rough. But not too rough – gotta get on the radio you know.
There are some good tracks here. “Believe” was an MTV favorite and holds up as a good time capsule for the commercial side of alt-rock. “Tight Brain” has some energy and drive, and didn’t really sound like they were just trying to cash in. Scott Hackwith’s vocals were effective on a couple of tracks, but otherwise he’s trying to split the difference between Scott Weiland and Kurt Cobain.
The end result is an alt-rock product that didn’t fool many people.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Hackwith was connected, He was a producer (still is) that had worked with Iggy Pop, TSOL, and the Ramones
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE C: It’s stuff like this that smothered the alt-rock scene.