Recollection: The Best Of Concrete Blonde
Released: Feb 1996
Label: Capitol Records
Concrete Blonde were the right band at the wrong time. They came before Nirvana and lesser acts like 4 Non Blondes, so they were too established to benefit from the grunge "underground" tag that propelled so many younger guitar acts to stardom. While bad luck may've killed their career, their no-nonsense rock 'n' roll approach still works; the band injects gritty, Joan Jett-esque street toughness into sharp melodies that would make the Pretenders proud. Yes, their FM rock hit "Joey" is here, along with many other solid tracks that you didn't even know you missed the first time around.