Series: Edenfest 1996 – Campsong: Eden Music Fest Edition
As I mentioned in the intro post to my Edenfest Series, there was a label tent set up in the village of the festival grounds, selling CDs. I bought the 2CD version of Bush X’s Sixteen Stone, and with it I got this compilation CD, made specifically for the festival.
It’s actually a cool 90s mix, but I don’t know who did the song selections. If it was meant to be a festival band-specific compilation, it only contains 5 bands that actually played over the three days, and there are 18 songs here. That’s only 28% festival content! But if the intention was just to use as many songs as they could get that the creators actually liked, as well as throw in a few bands who would be appearing at the show, well then, I suppose they succeeded.
Let’s give ‘er!
Beck – Novocaine
Has a cool groove to it, but I often found Beck tested his listeners’ patience with his (generally) pointless noodling sections. It’s just obvious he’s pasting styles together – the seams show. This is one of those songs.
Dimestore Hoods – Blood In My Eyes
Typical 90s aggro rap-rock wall of noise track. Fun if you play it loud enough.
*Nixons – Wire
I played this track a lot after I got this CD. Gentle acoustic intro becomes big rock song. Nice!
*James Hall – Illingness
Playing this back now, I remember the song. But I really can’t get to it when singers put on the cracked-voice thing. I mean, if that’s actually your voice. that’s fine. Or maybe you’ve smoked two packs a day and drank a 40 of Jack every two days, well OK then. Or maybe you had a cold when you did the recording, then I get it. But if you’re putting it on as an affectation, like many of them are, it’s shite.
Goldfinger – Mable
I loved this punk-like rock track. Listening now, it kind of sounds like it could be abbreviated into a 90s TV show theme song. But I wish Goldfinger had played the festival. That would have been a cool show.
The Hunger – Vanishing Cream
This song sounds like what would happen if you put Alice In Chains and Nine Inch Nails into a room and told them to write a gentle pop song glued together with aggro sections. Maybe that’s not fair. They do have a sound, but…
Lik-Wid – Goodbye
Despite their band name’s spelling really pissing me off (seriously, people, how hard is this?), it’s a fairly generic 90s rock song. Quiet in the verses, bigger in the chorus. Reminds me of Grapes Of Wrath, actually, if they’d done a song like this, that is.
Limblifter – Cordoba
This band would have fit the bill of Edenfest perfectly, although the dummy schedule makers probably would have relegated them to the second stage. Anyway, sadly, this is not their best song. It’s pretty boring and repetitive. I’ll bet it would have sounded better live.
Wallflowers – 6th Avenue Heartache
You know (and are probably sick of) this song. No further comment required.
*Watchmen – Zoom
Wahoo! Watchmen! And this song rocks, too. Yeah baby.
*Sloan – Everything You’ve Done Wrong
Wahoo! Sloan! I love this song. Trumpets!
*Merlin – Junk Religion
Second Stage band Merlin offers up a stereotypical pop rock song. About drugs. How original! It’s OK, fits the mix. I wouldn’t need a whole lot more of it though.
Ho-Hum – It’s A Lie
This song has a very long intro, very gentle, and when it ‘kicks in’ for the main part it vascillates between alt-country and fuzz guitar crunch. Actually a cool song, I’d forgotten about this one.
Dig – Whose Side You On?
I loved this song on the comp, at the time. Listening to it now, I realize I was looking at it through my 90s goggles, and holy Nirvana, Batman. Big growly guitars, simple chord structure. Not doing it for me so much now.
Reacharound – Big Chair
A catchy punk rock song. This was fun then, and not to bad now, either, for what it is! Great band name, too.
China Drum – Can’t Stop These Things
A high energy blast, the intro sounds a bit like the Cult but it quickly becomes its own punk rock song. Turn it up and go! Go! GO!
Brian Setzer Orchestra – Rumble In Brighton
An odd addition to the mix, but still a cool track. Not nearly as annoying as that song he did that got put in the Gap commercial. This one has a cool beat, bluesy guitars, and more trumpets!
P.O.T. – Moon June Spoon
This song takes a long time to build, and when it reaches its culmination it’s… OK. 90s template rock. Not in a bad way. But there were so many bands that sounded like this, then. I’d never heard of P.O.T. before this, and I don’t think I’ve heard of them since.
This is a cool mix, plays well from top to bottom as a representative of its decade. I did find my attention started to wander on a few tracks, but that’s OK. It was the 90s. That happened a fair amount. I had a quick look on the usual suspect sites and did not find this CD, so it doesn’t look like I can even recommend you go get your own copy. I don’t know how many they printed for the festival. I doubt it’s rare, but if Discogs doesn’t seem to list it, I wonder…
* bands that actually played at the festival.