The Virgineers (1999)
Pure Pop For Then People
The Virgineers is an incredible, candy-coated, 60s pop simulator, that’s easily on par with prized releases from the likes of The Dukes of Stratosphear and/or The Fraternal Order Of The All. The band’s only full length release is an indelible, spot-the-influence pop album that is just plain fun for children of psychedelia, in general, and Beatles fans, in particular. Note the heavenly “Blue Jay Way” dirge of “Sun,” followed by the trippy “Floating,” a faithful homage to one of the all time great psychedelic creations, The Monkees‘ “The Porpoise Song.” I live for this stuff. You can hear the entire album via Bandcamp below. The band charges $10 for this out of print gem (now trading at collectors’ prices), but it’s a worthy investment. There’s a blog posting a 128 version of this, but frankly, it just doesn’t do justice to the album’s nuanced sonics (and, this is coming from a guy who really can’t tell the difference anymore). Either way, you can listen below (and you should), then make your informed consumer choices from there.
Also, these digital singles from 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2010, respectively.