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Bands Meadow Soprano has posters of on her bedroom wall when buying speed off Christopher in series one

February 29, 2012 1 comment

Lisa Loeb

The image on this poster is the same one that features on the back cover to Loeb’s 1997 album Firecracker, which saw her move away from the girlish Lilith pop of her debut release and towards a more AOR sound. It received an 8.8 from Pitchfork Media, with the reviewer, Lang Whitaker, positively commenting on how the album’s lead single, “I Do”, has a video in which Loeb is “squirming around on pink shag carpeting, not wearing any pants”. The review, for some reason, has since been removed from the Pitchfork website.

Nadanuf

This is the cover to Nadanuf’s only album, 1997’s Worldwide. They were a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them female pop rap duo consisting of Sweet Diggety and Phor-One-One. Their soul moment of fame came with a cover of Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks”, which Kurtis himself featured on. It made #115 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart”. Both artists are now out of the music industry, although according to one blog post one half of the group wrote a book called God Is In The Bathroom, which sadly doesn’t appear to have made it to Amazon.

Girls Against Boys

A promotional photo of the Washington DC post-hardcore act who functioned as a cornerstone of Touch and Go records for much of the late 90s. The band recorded the soundtrack to the “There’s worse ways to spend 90 minutes” early 2000s movie Series 9: The Contenders, and also toured with Gina Gershon’s punk rock band in 2002. Frontman Eli Janney later went on to produce James Blunt.

Gaunt

As with Nadanuf, an Ohio-based act, although Gaunt were a pop punk band forming a loose scene with acts such as New Bomb Turks and some other guys who have less than 200 plays in last.fm. Gaunt’s debut album was produced by Steve Albini, and after their brief moment of fame various members of the group have gone on to play drums in briefly voguish alt act The Sun, open a coffee shop, or die in a car accident.

A black boyband of some description

I honestly can’t tell who that is at the top left of the photo. It’s not 3T or Ultimate Kaos (there’s four guys there). Part of me thinks it’s Men of Vizion but surely those guys in the photo are far too young? 112? Regardless of whoever it is, all you can really say is that each poster in this room is a testament to how willing Meadow Soprano was to experiment with musical boundaries, skipping from post-hardcore to L’Trimm-esque pop rap without a pause for breath. A true inspiration for us all, and if only Christopher had bothered to seek her advice when he was trying to find the “next Matchbox 20” early in series two, maybe a lot of trouble could have been saved.

Alternatively, lol at set designers who just grab the first five band posters they can find in the freebies bin at the local record store.

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