Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976–1995

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Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976–1995
Box set by Various Artists
Released August 30, 2005
Recorded 1976–1995
Genre Neo-Psychedelia
Garage rock revival
Alternative rock
Power pop
Jangle pop
Jam
Label Rhino
Producer Gary Stewart
Nuggets series chronology
Come to the Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults
(2004)
Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976–1995
(2005)
Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965–1970
(2007)

Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976–1995 is a four compact disc compilation album of alternative pop music recorded between 1976 and 1995, although most of the recordings are from the 1980s. It was released on Rhino Records in 2005. The title refers to the original Nuggets LP, which was first issued in 1972 and whose music influenced the bands featured on Children of Nuggets.[1]

Production[edit]

Children of Nuggets is the third box set in Rhino's Nuggets series. The first two sets focused on 1960s garage rock and psychedelic music, expanding on the track selection of the original Nuggets LP, which was compiled by Jac Holzman and Lenny Kaye and released in 1972.

The tracks on Children of Nuggets were chosen by Alec Palao and Gary Stewart and represent a later period. Palao writes in the liner notes that they were following Kaye's original objective which, he said, was to "compile together the good tracks from all those albums that only have one good track".[1] The exact scope of the Children set is vaguely defined, a fact which has led some critics to express reservations about the concept, with one reviewer complaining that the compilers are trying to define an era that "didn't exist".[2] The song selection gives particular prominence to the artists that formed Los Angeles' Byrds-influenced Paisley Underground scene in the 1980s, with tracks by Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, The Three O'Clock, Green on Red, and the Bangles (recording under their earlier name as the Bangs) all featuring.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
The New York Times (favorable)[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[6]
Pop Matters 7/10 stars[2]

The set was broadly praised for its selections, and for avoiding well known songs other than "There She Goes" by the La's.[1] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club wrote, "By the time the set hits its second disc, the programmers are lining up one obscure wonder after another, hitting a precipitous peak in the middle of disc three with the one-two of The Stems' molten power-pop anthem "Love Will Grow" and The Spongetones' fractured Beatles homage "She Goes Out With Everybody." "[3]

Comparing the selections with the tracks on the original Nuggets LP, Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote, "As on Nuggets, the songs are terse and catchy, the equipment is vintage and distortion-happy, and the recording budgets sound minimal; girl trouble is still the perennial subject. The difference is a broad streak of self-consciousness, but it rarely takes the fun out of the songs."[5] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian was more reserved, applauding the selection of The Bevis Frond's "Lights Are Changing" but adding "there's also plenty of dreary trad rock that smacks not of exploration, but retreat into stultifying conformity".[4]

Joe Tangari of Pitchfork Media listed some artists whose work might have been included but was left off, specifically the Television Personalities, 14 Iced Bears, The Chameleons, Cleaners From Venus, and the artists from New Zealand's Flying Nun Records.[6] Noel Murray acknowledged the absence of the White Animals, The Woggles, 45 Grave and Let's Active.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Vanishing Girl" (The Dukes of Stratosphear) - 2:30
  2. "Help You Ann" (Lyres) - 2:30
  3. "The Real World" (The Bangles) - 2:35
  4. "We're Living in Violent Times" (The Barracudas) - 2:47
  5. "The Trains" (the Nashville Ramblers [7]) - 3:07
  6. "Seven Years" (Watermelon Men [8]) - 2:47
  7. "Strangers When We Meet" (The Smithereens) - 3:46
  8. "Wading Through a Ventilator" (The Soft Boys) - 3:20
  9. "I Can't Hide" (The Flamin' Groovies) - 3:14
  10. "The Girl from Baltimore" (The Fleshtones) - 2:30
  11. "It's a Good Thing" (That Petrol Emotion) - 2:34
  12. "She's Fine" (The Stems) - 2:35
  13. "All My Life" (the Point [9]) - 2:05
  14. "Down at the Nightclub" ([the Creeps [10]) - 3:18
  15. "(My Girl) Maryanne" (The Spongetones) - 2:43
  16. "She Turns to Flowers" (The Salvation Army) - 2:33
  17. "You Are My Friend" (Rain Parade) - 3:06
  18. "Mr. Unreliable" (The Inmates) - 2:52
  19. "(I Thought) You Wanted to Know" (The dB's, Chris Stamey) - 3:18
  20. "She Don't Know Why I'm Here" (The Last) - 3:26 - (single version)
  21. "There Must Be a Better Life" (Biff Bang Pow) - 3:05
  22. "Slave Girl" (Lime Spiders) - 2:51
  23. "I May Hate You Sometimes" (The Posies) - 3:23
  24. "I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape" (The Times) - 3:04
  25. "It's About Time" (The Pandoras) - 2:22
  26. "I Live for Buzz" ([the Swingin' Neckbreakers [11]) - 2:26
  27. "I Want You Back" (Hoodoo Gurus) - 3:10

Disc two[edit]

  1. "This Damn Nation" (The Godfathers) - 2:46
  2. "Tell Me When It's Over" (The Dream Syndicate) - 3:33
  3. "Whenever I'm Gone" (The Prisoners) - 2:47
  4. "New Kind of Kick" (The Cramps) - 3:29
  5. "And She Rides" (The Long Ryders) - 4:30
  6. "Motorbike Beat" (The Revillos) - 2:22
  7. "Tears (Only Dry)" (The Vipers) - 2:56
  8. "25 O'Clock" (The Dukes of Stratosphear) - 5:05
  9. "Don't Give It Up Now" (Lyres) - 3:36
  10. "If and When" (Chris Stamey) - 2:39
  11. "Pabst Blue Ribbon" (The Untamed Youth) - 2:41
  12. "There She Goes" (The La's) - 2:42
  13. "Kingsley J." (The Vibrasonic) - 4:33
  14. "I Can Never Tell" (The Crawdaddys) - 2:44
  15. "Make Me Stay" (The Green Telescope) - 3:06
  16. "Everyday Things" (The Plimsouls) - 2:29
  17. "I Wanna Destroy You" (The Soft Boys) - 2:53
  18. "It's You" (Mickey & The Milkshakes) - 2:18
  19. "Apology" (The Posies) - 5:14
  20. "Lights Are Changing" (The Bevis Frond) - 4:56
  21. "Ahead of My Time" (The Droogs) - 2:40
  22. "Welcome to My Love" (The Funseekers) - 2:48
  23. "Flowers in the Sky" (The Revolving Paint Dream) - 2:24
  24. "Metal Baby" (Teenage Fanclub) - 3:39

Disc three[edit]

  1. "The Unguarded Moment" (The Church) - 3:10
  2. "I Can't Pretend" (The Barracudas) - 2:31
  3. "Out of the Unknown" (Died Pretty) - 4:07
  4. "L.A. Explosion" (The Last) - 2:27
  5. "I'll Cry Alone" (The Flamin' Groovies) - 2:14
  6. "Sunspots" (Julian Cope) - 3:32 - (single remix)
  7. "Hindu Gods of Love" (the Lipstick Killers [12]) - 3:22
  8. "Death and Angels" (Green on Red) - 2:15
  9. "Barbed Wire Heart" (the Sinners [13]) - 4:00
  10. "Pink Frost" (The Chills) - 3:59
  11. "She Told Me Lies" (The Chesterfield Kings) - 2:18
  12. "Beauty and Sadness" (The Smithereens) - 3:24
  13. "Test Drive" (The Mummies) - 1:29
  14. "Busy Man" (DMZ) - 3:22 - (EP version)
  15. "Love Will Grow" (The Stems) - 3:15
  16. "She Goes Out with Everybody" (The Spongetones) - 2:27
  17. "Hypnotized" (The Plimsouls) - 2:55
  18. "No Apology" (The Unclaimed [14]) - 2:05
  19. "God Knows It's True" (Teenage Fanclub) - 4:56
  20. "You Keep on Lyin'" (the Hoods [15]) - 2:32
  21. "Don't Break Down" (The Sting-Rays) - 2:49
  22. "The World Has Changed" (The Fleshtones) - 3:10
  23. "Baby What's Wrong" (The Cynics) - 2:28
  24. "Psycko" (Laika & The Cosmonauts) - 2:24 - (themes from Psycho and Vertigo)
  25. "My Name is Tom" (the Jigsaw Seen [16]) - 4:25

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Gentle Tuesday" (Primal Scream) - 3:47
  2. "With a Cantaloupe Girlfriend" (The Three O'Clock) - 2:52
  3. "Like Wow - Wipeout!" (Hoodoo Gurus) - 3:12
  4. "Bad News Travels Fast" (The Fuzztones) - 2:41
  5. "Plains of Nazca" (The Sun Dial) - 3:45 - (single version)
  6. "Getting Out of Hand" (The Bangles) - 2:15
  7. "Please Don't Tell My Baby" (Mickey & The Milkshakes) - 1:44
  8. "One Half Hour Ago" (Rain Parade) - 4:12
  9. "You're My Loving Way" (The Aardvarks) - 2:44
  10. "Transfiguration" (The Screaming Trees) - 3:55
  11. "A Scandal in Bohemia" (The United States Of Existence) - 2:32
  12. "Where the Wolf Bane Blooms" (The Nomads) - 2:15
  13. "Cheated and Lied" (The Vipers) - 2:26
  14. "Strawberries Are Growing in My Garden (and It's Wintertime)" (The Dentists) - 3:20
  15. "Won't Need Yours" (The Tell-Tale Hearts) - 2:45
  16. "Weakness" (The Inspiral Carpets) - 4:18
  17. "You'll Know Why" (The Miracle Workers) - 3:07
  18. "Not My Memory" (The Unknowns) - 2:23
  19. "Far Away" (The Prisoners) - 5:23
  20. "Ain't That a Man" (The Optic Nerve) - 2:37
  21. "Mink Dress" (Plasticland) - 2:50
  22. "Tight Turn" (Raybeats) - 3:54 - (album version)
  23. "One Way Ticket" (The Nerves) - 2:10
  24. "Tracy Hide" (The Wondermints) - 4:48 - (cover version)

Credits[edit]

  • Compilation Producer– Alec Palao,[17] Gary Stewart
  • Liner Notes [Discographical Annotations], Research [Discographical]– Ted Myers [18]
  • Management [Product Manager]– Matt Abels, Tanya Welsch
  • Other [Godfather]– Lenny Kaye
  • Other [Licensing]– David Ponak
  • Remastered By– Bill Inglot,[18] Dave Schultz [19]
  • Research [Editorial]– Steven Chean
  • Research [Photo]– Steven P. Gorman
  • Supervised By [Editorial Supervision]– Sheryl Farber [20]
notes

4-CD box set with a 100 page booklet.[21]

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