Though many have dubbed Superdrag a punk-pop or power pop band, their music has shown itself to be atop of the aforementioned genres. Taking as much influence from the British Invasion-style pop of the Beatles and the Zombies as My Bloody Valentine and Husker Du, their songs have always combined melodicism and noise in fully distinct fashion. While many have compared frontman John Davis - no relation to the Jonathan Davis of Korn or John Davis of Folk Implosion - to Big Star's Alex Chilton in terms of his throaty vocals, often cynical lyrics, and major-minor chord progressions, the history of the two Tennessee-based groups have shared many parallels in terms of being a band's band that has often gone misunderstood.
With members Davis, guitarist Brandon Fisher, bassist Tom Pappas, and drummer Don Coffey, Jr. having played together in various outfits, including Punch Wagon and 30 Amp Fuse, the guys eventually molded into the Used in the early '90s. Featuring Davis on drums, Pappas on vocals and guitar, Fisher on lead, and Chris Hargrove on bass, Coffey was eventually recruited to get behind the kit as Davis left to pursue ""Superdrag"" - a vehicle for his songs. Though Davis was fully competent towards playing all of the instruments on his originals (as proved on circulated home demos), he enlisted the talents of Fisher, Pappas, and Coffey so the group could play live. Constantly gigging beyond their hometown of Knoxville, Superdrag quickly became a buzz band through their release of 1995's The Fabulous 8 Track Sounds of Superdrag on Darla Records, a label co-run by manager Jake Ottmann. As the EP received rave reviews in publications like CMJ, a major-label bidding war eventually followed with the band heading to Elektra Records.
Releasing Regretfully Yours in the summer of 1996, Superdrag found a highly positive response despite many looking to write them off as a ""one-hit wonder."" With first single, ""Sucked Out,"" bec
|When you play in a band for 10 years, you write a lot. Usually, you only get a record out every couple of years, so many songs never see the light of day. Sometimes the version that's issued will be your second or third attempt to get it "right," while the demos are left behind like pieces of evidence. A good percentage of these will be terrible, others might be great, and some will hold sentimental value. These are just some of the things this record is concerned with. Arena Rock Recording Company has put it all together for you. There are hours more where this came from - miles of cassette tape.|
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