I Wanna Taranna Pt. 40: She Said Boom! #7, $1 Deal #5: Better Than Ezra, Friction, Baby
Here’s a cool story: “The album’s title comes from a television interview with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. When asked how he and Mick Jagger stayed together for so long, Keith took a long drag from his cigarette and said “friction, baby.” (Wiki)
With their third record, New Orleans’ Better Than Ezra broke huge with The King Of New Orleans. You know it, we all heard it a zillion times. The other song you may know is Desperately Wanting, and there were two other singles – Long Lost and Normal Town, but they failed to chart.
This record is pure 90s radio rock, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Back then, I loved this stuff, and now it fills me with nostalgia and a warm sense of familiarity. It even has a hidden track, ‘Mejor de Ezra,’ buried at 3:20 of the final song. Big guitars, big bass and drums, that bounce-rock beat and even if you don’t know any of the songs, you feel like you have known them forever.