Monday, May 31, 2010
Back in the early 90s -- when the various members of the Seattle scene ruled the musical landscape, regularly playing on each other's albums and creating incestuous side projects -- a band called Brad released a terrific album called Shame. The members of Brad included Stone Gossard, Regan Hagar of Malfunkshun, and vocalist Shawn Smith, who became the go-to soulful voice for one 90s band after another. (His noteworthy work includes Satchel's masterpiece of melancholy, Suffering, and the Lo-Fi Allstars' remix of Pigeonhed's Battleflag.)
The story behind why the band chose the name Brad is the stuff of rock legend: They apparently wanted to name themselves Shame, but were sued by a guy named Brad Wilson who claimed that he had already taken the name for his own band -- surely you remember them -- and so, out of spite, or just as a really great joke, Gossard and company decided to call themselves "Brad."
Thank God Vevo finally made this clip available for embed, because I've been waiting for it for a very long time. Here's the gorgeous opening track from the debut Brad album -- Buttercup.