Sloan - The Good In Everyone on MTV’s Oddville - 7/7/97
I remember the airdate of this show; not that I remember many calendar dates, but because I had bought my first Sloan cd whilst in Canada just days earlier (and of course all those 7’s help). I happened to see this program on the old em tee vee, and that kind of thing sticks with you, when a band becomes your FAVORITE. I thought, oh they must be the next big thing then, seeing as I just bought ‘Smeared’ ? Because
…and seeing them on MTV just days after offcially getting into them, it was like Nirvana all over again. Except, something happened, or rather, something didn’t quite happen; and they didn’t have quite the same promotional follow-through as their label mates and musical elders. (But, nevertheless, the DIY path they took afterwards was exponentially more creatively rewarding than if they had caved to their DGC shackles.)
What I mean is, this is kind of special to me, as this appearance coincided with me happenstantially falling in love with my favorite band (one of the two, you know I use that term interchangably; Sonic Youth is my first and eldest child who has gone off to university; Sloan is still my baby. And that’s why I can never change my twitter cover photo)…
And as awkward as it is, well, exactly; as awkward as this show is, man, I can see why it didn’t last. Oddville was some kind of ‘ten-spot’ “talent” show with additional non-weird music guests. Most likely not a classic in anyone’s eyes, but thank you, MTV, for getting all weird for a hot minute so that I could file this one in the sentimental bank.
I discovered Sloan around this time, due to Direct Tv and the music channel, Much Music, out of Canada.
There were a Ton of great canadian acts around then.
I’d list more but this fucking tumblr mobile app is FUCKED UP.
Reblogging because it’s Sloan. Duh!
Favorite Canadian joke:
How did Canada get its name?
They put all of the consonants in a bag then pulled them out one by one.
(Source: memewhore, via misswonderwall)