Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series. “pump Up The Volume” Edition where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore psychedelic tunes from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

By day, Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) is a quiet, studious student at an ordinary suburban high school in Arizona. But at night, Mark creeps down into his basement, fires up his pirate radio transmitter, and broadcasts to the community as Hard Harry, a sexually obsessed social commentator who passes along angry philosophy about the state of teenage life when not blasting punk rock, underground rock or gangsta rap cuts. Hard Harry’s sworn nemesis is high school principal Mrs. Cresswood (Annie Ross), who keeps SAT scores up at the expense of her students’ dignity and individuality by eliminating “troublemakers” from the student body. Hard Harry’s broadcasts, however, have become a rallying point for the school’s misfit underclass, and Mrs. Cresswood is determined to track down the mystery student and bring him to justice (broadcasting without a license, he’s not merely an annoyance, but a criminal). The war against Hard Harry intensifies when he broadcasts data from confidential school board reports; Mark’s father is a school commissioner, but he has no idea what his son is doing in the basement. Meanwhile, Mark gains the attentions of Nora (Samantha Mathis), who has figured out who he becomes at night. More serious and intelligent than the average teen film, Pump Up the Volume was written and directed by Allan Moyle, who previously dealt with disaffected, music-obsessed teens in Times Square and would return to them with Empire Records

Soundgarden, Heretic

Soundgarden once again shares the soundtrack honors with completely unrelated artists, such as Ivan Neville.

Heretic” is a non-album track that appeared earlier in Soundgarden’s career, actually as early as 1985, on the Deep Six compilation. For that recording, however, Scott Sundquist was the drummer, so it was rerecorded in December 1988 at London Bridge in Seattle with the revised lineup (which at that time included Hiro Yamamoto on bass). It was also given a new mix by Steve Fisk. Presumably, this is the version that appears on the Pump Up The Volume soundtrack

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Soundgarden: Bad Motorfinger

Although Soundgarden are rightfully acknowledged as one of the Big 4 of Grunge, there is far more to their sound than just plaid shirts and fuzz toned, down tuned guitars.

Badmotorfinger (1991) was their breakthrough album, and displayed more depth and diversity in their songwriting and in overall production values.

Seattle was definitely a hot spot of talent and creativity, and the entire scene was prepped to become a national happening. Badmotorfinger flew high on the soaring vocals of Chris Cornell, coupled with imaginative use of alternate tunings and odd time signatures which separated them from most of the hard rock pack of the time.

Songs like Outshined, Rusty Cage, Drawing Flies, Jesus Christ Pose, Slaves & Bulldozers, New Damage, Holy Water, and Searching With My Good Eye Closed were among the best stuff Soundgarden had written at that point in their career.

The album was expertly produced by Terry Date, who also did some incredible work with PanterA, among others.

In the wave of Grunge madness that swept the nation, Badmotorfinger remains one of the best albums ever of that massively popular genre.

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