Thursday, June 8, 2017

Catherine Wheel - Adam and Eve (1997)

Most shoegaze fans can tell you about Catherine Wheel's first two records, Ferment and Chrome, both prime pieces of pop-minded, alt rock-y shoegaze. After that, it would seem, the band completely fell off, released a few shitty records, and broke up.


Well, yeah, they did eventually break up. But they actually released one pretty good record (Happy Days) and one truly shitty record (Wishville). And between those records, they managed to get it really, really right one more time with Adam and Eve. If lovestruck, melancholic, and vaguely psychedelic 90s alt rock is your thing (bands like Screaming Trees and Smashing Pumpkins come to mind), you need this record in your life.

Track listing:
1. Untitled
2. Future Boy
3. Delicious
4. Broken Nose
5. Ma Solituda
6. Phantom of the American Mother
7. Satellite
8. Thunderbird
9. Here Comes the Fat Controller
10. Goodbye
11. Far Dreaming
12. Untitled

Feel that body baking from inside

If you like this, you should also listen to:
The Boo Radleys -
Giant Steps (1993)
Majesty Crush -
Love 15 (1993)


  1. A small piece of throwaway trivia. Singer/Guitarist Rob Dickinson is the cousin of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. That sounded much more interesting in my head than when I typed it.

    1. Apparently I didn't really read this comment when I approved it. I love that kind of trivia. For example: the main guy from not-that popular alt-metal band Filter, Richard Patrick, is the brother of Robert Patrick, who's best known for playing the T-1000 in Terminator 2.

    2. I didn't know that. Until now, I'd never even realised how similar they look.

  2. A big up for recognizing this truly under-appreciated gem. Although CHROME will always be my favourite (and personally I tend to think HAPPY DAYS was pretty dire, more in line with WISHVILLE than the rest of their output), this beautiful little bit of lusciousness is *so worthy* of attention and adoration.