1998 - Normal, Il

Awful Mess Mysytery

10″LP/CD (Mud, 1998) MUD033
CD (Philter, 2000) PRPH-2018 – Japan

1. I Know I Know I Know 2. Mockhouse 3. Hey It’s Finally Yay 4. Yeah Yeah You 5. Subroutine The Reward 6. Lkat Me 7. Lazy Weekend, Stormy Season 8. Getting The Reach That I Need 9. Life Saver Socks 10. Everybody Ought To Know 11. I Gotta, U Gotta 12. Iron Orange, Iron Blue 13. Want To Practice (You Do) 14. On or Off New Wave (Japanese bonus track) 15. Love Bugs (Japanese bonus track)

Recorded and mixed by Rick Valentin. Drums on songs 1, 5, 11, 13 recorded by Wolfie at home and at Rachel’s house. 14 and 15 recorded at home on 4-track.

Something in the combination of carefree melody, garage-pure setup, and hyper-energetic “rock”– along with this combo’s sharp songwriting skills– make this stuff a revelation, for whatever tiny portion of listeners “gets” it.
Look for: Awful Mess Mystery, one of– if you ask me– the best records of the nineties.

– Pitchfork, Nitsuh Abebe from “Twee as Fuck: The Story of Indie Pop“, 2005

Rolling Stone, October, 1998
From Rob Sheffields's "Pop Journal"
Village Voice, June 1998.
Awful Mess Mystery tour hits NYC

Awful Mess Mystery related…

Wolfie live 07/11/98 @ 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA (Athens Summer Music Extravaganza)

This full-set live video capped off our Summer '98 Awful Mess Mystery tour in the grandest possible way. This was a fun one!

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