Not that they sound just like Big Star. The four songs presented on the Paula Stop Pretending owe as much to the weirdo sounds of They Might Be Giants or the slacker grooves of Pavement as they do the Memphis institution. The band featured two distinct songwriters, Mark Kleiner and Petey Wheatjeans. Kleiner (credited here as "Kleinz") pens title track and "Playing Thru the Bell," the more melodic tracks, while Wheatjeans contributes the more disjointed "Pleasant" and "A Winter's Tale."
The band is perhaps most like Big Star in the way they faded away. Music historians have been kind to Big Star as they've re-examined the band's pop influence, and perhaps if Sister Lovers had stuck around long enough to crank out a couple more proper albums, maybe they'd be set for the same fate. As is, they are more then welcome here in Obscuro land- this is easily the coolest record I've come across in my search for oddities.
Details: Sister Lovers, Paul Stop Pretending, Horrifying Music International, 1993
Google Search Reveals: The bands manager, Jody, left a pretty detailed band history on the Nardwaur (a Canadian treasure if ever there was one) message board, which was reprinted on Facebook: "Sister Lovers came together under an odd agenda: to demo an original tune for the consideration of Mickey Dolenz, a dubious scheme that met with an icy response from the former Monkee." The rest is a pretty interesting story, and can be read here.
Kleiner went out to issue some solo albums, as well, sounding more power-pop and more conventional. Here's a fantastic single:
Who Bought This: Weirdo art-rock kids, power-pop fiends. I'd be very interested in hearing those Kleiner solo records. Anyone got them?
Apologies for the quality of the rip- my copy of the record is quite scratchy.
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