Spectacle (band)

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Spectacle, originally The Cherry Smash, was an alternative indie pop rock band from California during the 1990s fronted by Blake Miller (later of Moving Units). Their sound was characterized as "sunny, melodic, jangling folk-rock."[1] Other Spectacle members included Alex Crain, Brad Laner (formerly of Medicine), and Brent Rademaker (later of Further and Beachwood Sparks). The band was formed as a trio called The Cherry Smash, which released a 7-inch titled West Coast Rip Off, and made an appearance on the compilation album Pure Spun Sugar (both on Candy Floss Records). After this the band changed their name to Spectacle and released one album, Glow in the Dark Soul, on June 23, 1998.[2] Spectacle briefly toured with The Brian Jonestown Massacre as an opening act.[3] Although their debut album received positive reviews,[4][5] it was not commercially successful.


  • West Coast Rip Off, 7" EP (as The Cherry Smash)[6]
  • "Split Screen", on Pure Spun Sugar compilation album (as The Cherry Smash)[7]
  • Consolation, 7" EP (as Spectacle)
  • Glow in the Dark Soul, full-length CD on PolyGram (as Spectacle)


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Glow in the Dark Soul at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Just Out". CMJ New Music Monthly (59): 78. July 1998.
  3. ^ "'In' crowd gets down at Dada: Brian Jonestown Massacre follows surprising Spectacle". Dallas Morning News. July 25, 1998.
  4. ^ "Spectacle CD glows with irresistible intelligence". Dallas Morning News. July 12, 1998.
  5. ^ "Spectacle shines in guitar pop". Press-Telegram. July 17, 1998.
  6. ^ West Coast Rip-Off at Discogs
  7. ^ Pure Spun Sugar at AllMusic