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Best Family Bands & The Handsome Family Review

In honor of Father‘€™s Day, Jim and Greg celebrate rock’s best Family Bands.

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Great Family Bands

The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van you’re your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it's not that easy. But these great Family Bands made it work. Happy Father's Day from Sound Opinions!

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The Handsome Family Wilderness

Jim and Greg continue the family theme with a review of Wilderness, the 10th studio album from husband-and-wife duo The Handsome Family. Formed in Chicago in the '90s, Brett and Rennie Sparks'™ Handsome Family has often been lumped in with alternative country. But Greg contends that the band'™s macabre lyrics and pre-rock influences have always set it apart. Jim says Wilderness proves that more than ten albums into its career, The Handsome Family still represents the "old weird America" better than any group in rock. Who else sings about General Custer and malicious octopi? He says Buy it. Greg agrees; With lyrics that run the gamut from sci-fi to magical realism, and music that draws equally from Stephen Foster and chamber pop, Wilderness sounds completely unique. Double Buy it.

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“Death Valley €™69€”Teenage Jesus,Sonic Youth

Until recently, Sonic Youth'€™s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were one of the most visible families in rock. For his DIJ, Jim commemorates the group'€™s best track (in his humble opinion). "Death Valley €™69€" from 1985's Bad Moon Rising is also about a family€: the Manson Family. Written by Moore and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks'€™ Lydia Lunch, the track captures the insanity of Manson'€™s cult with some pretty insane hooks.

Featured Songs

  1. Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. Indeep, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Sound of New York, 1983
  3. The Jackson 5, ABC, ABC, Motown, 1970
  4. The Staples Singers, This May Be The Last Time, Swing Low, Collectables, 1962
  5. Sister Sledge, All American Girls, All American Girls, Rhino, 1981
  6. The Roches, Hammond Song, The Roches, Warner Bros, 1979
  7. The Kinks, Till the End of the Day, The Kink Kontroversy, Pye, 1965
  8. Heart, Barracuda, Little Queen, Portrait, 1977
  9. The Breeders, Cannonball, Last Splash, 4AD, 1993
  10. Wu-Tang Clan, Protect Ya Neck, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Loud, 1993
  11. Sly and the Family Stone, You Can Make It If You Try, Stand!, Epic, 1969
  12. The Cowsills, Indian Lake, Captain Sad and his Ship of Fools, MGM, 1968
  13. The Partridge Family, I Think I Love You, The Partridge Family Avenue, Bell Records, 1970
  14. The Handsome Family, Flies, Wilderness, Carrot Top, 2013
  15. The Handsome Family, Glow Worm, Wilderness, Carrot Top, 2013
  16. Sonic Youth and Lydia Lunch, Death Valley '69, Bad Moon Rising, Homestead, 1985
  17. Majical Clouds, Impersonator, Impersonator, Matador, 2013
  18. Ciara, Pick Up The Phone, Goodies, LaFace, 2004
  19. The National, Demons, Trouble Will Find Me, 4AD, 2013
  20. Ra Ra Riot, Beta Love, Beta Love, Barsuk, 2013

Footnotes

wired.co.uk Google Streaming Radio cnet.com Apple Streaming Radio businessweek.com Pandora Buys a Radio Station handsomefamily.com Handsome Family, Wilderness sonicyouth.com Sonic Youth's website youtube.com Death Valley 69 kungfustore.com Bad Moon Rising