Pig- Sparkle­horse

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So anoth­er song- Pig by Sparkle­horse. I was consid­er­ing pick­ing Tears on Fresh Fruit, which is my other favour­ite song by them, but this won out.

This album came out in 1998, around the time I got into Sparkle­horse. The music press was full of stor­ies about how Mark Linkous had tempor­ar­ily died from a drug over­dose while on tour with Radi­o­head, and had had to painstak­ingly learn how to walk and play music again because his body was so damaged. Then twelve years later in 2010 he died prema­turely again, this time perman­ently.

This Pitch­fork retro­spect­ive from last year covers the story and Linkous’ life well, and has a small detail that stands out to me: “That’s not radio fodder, not even in the strange ’90s milieu that made hits out of Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” and Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper”. There was defin­itely a moment in the late 90s where the visu­al trend was all about surreal­ism done with cross-processed film (devel­op­ing E6 slide film in C41 print chem­ic­als to give blown out colours and grain- like the Sparkle­horse album cover I’ve used as the head­er image).

I always group Sparkle­horse with Mercury Rev and The Flam­ing Lips in my head. Relaxed Amer­ic­ana surreal­ism that hit big in the mid-late 90s. I guess it’s strange what can receive main­stream media repres­ent­a­tion if there happens to be the right gap at the right time.


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