Last week's Jukebox Friday post sent me down a nostalgia road I haven't managed to get off of yet, so I've got more to share with you. Specifically, it's another favorite L.A.-based band of my college (and post-college) days, Mary's Danish. Behind the dual vocal attack of Gretchen Seager and Julie Ritter, they put out three albums and one live EP of goodness before their premature demise in 1992.
What did them in? There were two factors. One was the usual story of the music industry's predatory economics, which has eaten up a lot of fine bands over the years. But I guess you could also say they were ground under heels of progress, when the emergence of Nirvana and pals made America decide it wanted its alt-rock chock full of feedback and angst, instead of tight white boy funk.
Sadly, there's not a lot of their work preserved on YouTube, but here are a few videos:
From their first album, "There Goes the Wondertruck" (1989), here's a live performance of "Don't Crash the Car Tonight":
This video is so 1990, I love it. It's their cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady," which first appeared on their 1990 live EP "Experience," then on their second album (and masterpiece), 1991's "Circa":
Also from "Circa," here's a live performance of their show-opening medley of "Tracy in the Bathroom Killing Thrills" and "Blue Stockings":
Finally, from their last album, 1992's "American Standard," here they are on Letterman performing "Underwater":
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