Wax my nose hairs!
If you recognise the picture above you probably already have some kind of idea where this particular post is going; if don't, you're honestly in for a treat. The Adventures of Pete and Pete was a show that Nicolodeon ran in the early nineties which I kinda used to watch off and on, but not when it was first aired. I could go on about how I watched it religiously, but it was honestly a bit too oddball for me at the time. There were some crazy characters and even crazier guest stars...LL Cool J, Iggy Pop, Hunter S Thompson, Micheal Stipe to name a few. Anyway, i'm constantly reminded of the show; whether it be through the characters (Slackers) ; or the music. Oh the music. Music For Robots ran a piece on the band Polaris a while back and obviously referred to the show extensively, but I think it's a subject that warrants more attention. Mark Mulcahy is also playing a few shows in June, so if this can encourage people to check him out then well, this has all been worth something.
Polaris were kinda Miracle Legion (minus one band member)- who despite releasing a couple of albums in the late eighties and early nineties were never really found the commercial success of some of their peers. Actually, none of these bands really found commercial success really; and REM are probably more reverred for their 90's output, but you know what I mean. I could tell you about how their record label screwed them over and they were just basically lucky, but you've heard it all before, right? It's true, but I won't dwell on it. Mark Mulcahy has lamented that Miracle Legion "may have ended up being like R.E.M's 'little brother,' but they were really more influenced by the Gun Club, Mission of Burma, Husker Du - even the Clean." I know i'm mainly talking about Miracle Legion, but Polaris weren't strictly speaking a band in their own right. They were effectively made up for the show, but you can't deny these songs either. Miracle Legion might not have been able to make music but wasn't about to stop Mark Mulcahy from doing something. He is continually suprised how people approach his music from the show, but how can you not like the music? It's timeless wholesome early nineties indie rock (pop?) music with a pulse. Equal parts jangly guitar pop and melacholy. Wonderful stuff! The perfect accompaniment to the summer you had (or never had) as a kid, and definitely not REM.
Polaris - Coronado II
Well, like I said. Mark Mulcahy is over the UK in June and he'll be playing a select few dates to accompany his new solo material:
1st June - Sussex Arts Club (Brighton)
2nd June - Glee Club (Birmingham)
4th June - International Arts Festival (Salisbury)
8th June - Bush Hall (London)
You can buy the Polaris CD from Amazon in all it's glory, and the first Series of The Adventures of Pete and Pete will be avaliable to buy on DVD for the first time later this month. You can read about that here