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Afternoon Delight: Love Songs From Sub Pop

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A collection of love songs put out by Sub Pop is probably right up there with speed metal operas or Sesame Street espionage for gallant incongruity, but like Jeepster's It's a Cool, Cool Christmas, it pleases the unspoken infomercial compilation fan hidden inside every cantankerous indie kid. On a purely statistical basis, there are only two exclusives, Reverend Horton Heat's "Where in the Hell Did You Go With My Toothbrush?" and Billy Childish & Kyra's "Why Can't You See," though the album manages to cull a high number of other hard-to-find Sub Pop efforts (Sebadoh's early demo "It's So Hard to Fall in Love," Green River's ventilated "Baby Takes") while maintaining an angular theme of romance and detachment. Steven Jesse Bernstein, the early-'90s Pacific Northwest answer to an abused Allen Ginsberg, or the Vaselines, for instance, offer brutal and funny works, which probably scared away Nirvana-seeking mall wanderers who might've been intrigued by the label's reputation or songs with titles like "Rory Rides Me Raw."

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