Uncle Green: Rycopa

Uncle Green: Rycopa
Title: Rycopa
Label: CD Baby

Uncle Green was formed in Basking Ridge, New Jersey in 1980 by four high school freshmen. Over the next decade, singer-guitarists Matt Brown and Jeff Jensen, bassist Bill Decker, and drummer Peter McDade built a reputation on the burgeoning college-radio circuit for tight, memorable melodies and offbeat songcraft - something like R.E.M. and Pylon having a couple PBRs, well chilled, with Big Star. By the 1990s they were ready for their close-up, championed by producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Black Crowes) and courted and signed to contracts by Atlantic Records and Sony Music (under O'Brien's 57 Records banner). After reinventing themselves as 3 Lb. Thrill (a shout-out to the weight of the human brain), the erstwhile Uncle Green was poised for a breakthrough into alternative radio. Encouraged by O'Brien to produce an album in the cozy confines of their rented Atlanta home, the band set about writing and constructing 'Rycopa' - a sprawling epic they believed would finally capture their distinctive, literate sensibility. Upon wrapping it's 32 tracks in 1997, they were confident they had made their best record. But fickle Sony "didn't hear a single" and passed on the album. And Uncle Green was left wondering what to do with it's homeless magnum opus. After a false start with yet another major label (MCA Records), they decided not to release the album and amicably went their separate ways. And the master tapes for 'Rycopa' disappeared into the Sony vaults. And there they languished for 14 years. In 2011, the members of Uncle Green, long after they had started families and forged new careers, recovered the "lost" master tapes from Sony - and raised the funds through a Kickstarter campaign to mix 'Rycopa' with engineer and Coolies guitarist Rob Gal. And soon the album had a new home on Wampus subsidiary Foldback Records. "I don't think (Sony) had to ask for it to be commercial," Matt Brown says. "After a previous spin on a major we knew that numbers were numbers, and that the numbers for 'Vulture' (released as 3 Lb. Thrill) were not enough to keep spending Sony's dough. At the same time, I don't remember feeling the need to sit around and craft a 'hit.' Call it naiveté or stubbornness or stupidity, but after being a band for as many years as we had been already, what we wanted most was to make the record we wanted to make." Sixteen years later, it's easy to hear 'Rycopa' was that and a lot more.

1.1 Not in Range
1.2 Pretty Good Lie
1.3 Karen Dine
1.4 The Miracle of Me (Big Me - the King!)
1.5 Geronimo
1.6 Feel Like Buddha
1.7 Nebkheperure
1.8 Dymaxion
1.9 Super Kitty Uh Huh
1.10 It's a Red, Red, Red, Red, Redneck World
1.11 Beautiful Mess/Throwaway Queen
1.12 Sunshine Life
1.13 Save a Seat for Me
1.14 True Punk Life
1.15 Standing Out in the Rain
1.16 Little India
2.1 St. Lazaro
2.2 Sunrise Lullaby
2.3 I'd Rather He Left Me Alone
2.4 Soulmating
2.5 No Name
2.6 The Star Room
2.7 Wassamatta with You?
2.8 Claire and Allison Watching Over Me
2.9 Lucy in the Streets with Dimetapp
2.10 Don't Want Money
2.11 Dolores, Go Home
2.12 Medicine Show
2.13 Elmira Place
2.14 Blue Cocoon
2.15 Gunshow
2.16 Grrrranimal Party

Uncle Green: Rycopa

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