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The Velvet Crush

A classic power-pop band in the tradition of the Raspberries and Big Star, Velvet Crush formed in Rhode Island in 1989, although their roots actually extended west to Champaign, Illinois, where vocalist/bassist Paul Chastain and drummer Ric Menck first met and began performing together. There Menck founded his own small label, Picture Book, on which he and Chastain recorded solo material as well as singles under various group names like the Springfields, Choo Choo Train, the Paint Set and Bag O'Shells. Picture Book also released records by the Milwaukee-based White Sisters, led by guitarist Jeffrey Borchardt, with whom Menck struck up a friendship. When Borchardt eventually moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1988, he encouraged Menck and Chastain to follow; they did, and Velvet Crush soon began performing their first shows. In 1991, longtime friend Matthew Sweet produced their debut, In the Presence of Greatness; a hit with the British music press, the record earned the group a deal with the influential U.K. label Creation. For 1994's Teenage Symphonies to God (the title taken from Brian Wilson's description of the music intended for the Beach Boys' legendary Smile LP), Velvet Crush enlisted producer Mitch Easter, known for his work with R.E.M. and as the leader of Let's Active. The members of the group also continued working on solo projects, with Menck issuing the solo collection The Ballad of Ric Menck in 1996. The long-awaited third Velvet Crush LP, Heavy Changes, finally appeared on the band's own Action Musik imprint in 1998. Minus Borchardt, the group resurfaced in 1999 with Free Expression. Rock Concert was issued in fall 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Camp Burlesque

1. The Grind (Opening Theme)

2. Theme From Camp Burlesque

3. Las Nuedas

4. G-String Melody

7. Nylon Jungle (Chika's Theme)

9. Pink Pussycat (Kitten's Theme)

10. Lover's Luau

11. Anything (Closing Credits)

12. Passion Pool

14. Mexico

16. Rising Sun

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Track List: Rough Trade Shops: Indiepop 1

Disc 1

3. Waiting For The Winter

5. Pristine Christine

6. You Trip Me Up

8. The Monochrome Set

9. Penelope Tree

10. El Resto De Mi Vida

11. Safety Net

14. Look Back In Anger

15. You Stand Here

16. Once More

17. Beat Him Up

21. Indian Summer

22. The Best Part Of Being With You

Disc 2

2. Spinning And Scratching

3. Sorry For Laughing

4. Talulah Gosh

5. Vegetarian Restaurant

7. Poised Over The Pause Button

8. 100,000 Fireflies

9. Molly's Lips

10. When You're Sad

11. Uptight

12. Truck Train Tractor

13. Eighties Fan

14. Should The Bible Be Banned

15. Hypocrite

16. Every Conversation

18. I Could Be In Heaven

19. Honey

20. Icky-Poo Air Raid

21. Sorry To Embarrass You

22. Government Administrator

23. Sweeping The Nation

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i dig the crush especially teenage symphonies.

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