Oh Sebadoh, how I've tried to understand you over the years. For the most part I've been successful, there's an awful lot of Sebadoh that I like, but there's just so much out there and I have to admit quite a bit of it goes way over my head. In high school my buddy Joe had this 7". I never picked it up, but I did put the song "Gimme Indie Rock" on one of my mix tapes that got a good amount of play back then. When I saw a used copy of this pop up at Green Noise records while I was already placing an order, I decided to pick it up.
So the title track is as great and as fun as it ever was. Slow, then fast, funny lyrics and the chorus of just shouting "Gimme Indie Rock" at the top of their lungs. It's a gimmicky song for sure, but one that still makes me smile all these years later. There are, however, 4 more tracks on this 7". I have zero memory of these so each was like listening to a brand new Sebadoh song to me. The other song on the A-side is "Ride The Darkness. It's another electric, reasonably upbeat song that I think is pretty good.
The B-sides are where things get wacky and I don't mean that in a bad way. This is where Sebadoh goes all sad bastard acoustic 4-track. 3 songs; "Red Riding Good," "New King" and "Calling Yog Soggot." I've always liked the weirdo Sebadoh acoustic songs more than their rock songs and while I wouldn't say these three are better than the A-side, they feel a bit more comfortable to me. All in all, it's a fun 7" and I'm trying to figure out why I waited over 20 years to pick up a copy.
Sebadoh - "Gimme Indie Rock":
Sebadoh - "Ride The Dark Wave":