Various Artists

More of Our Stupid Noise '98

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Originally, More of Our Stupid Noise was a sampler designed to stir up interest in the Toronto-based Squirtgun records. Distributed only in Canada, the CD contianed a selection of unreleased tracks, demos, alternate takes and live versions from the likes of Eric's Trip, Versus, Hayden, HHead, Julie Doiron and, for some reason, the non-Canadian Lou Barlow. The disc was a success, leading to More of Our Stupid Noise '98, a revamped version of the original CD released through Nettwerk Records in both Canada and the U.S. Most of the original album remains, the cover has changed slightly, and a bunch of new songs have been added, resulting in a 25-track trek through Canadian alterna-rock -- plus Lou Barlow. As with any sampler, some of the tracks fall flat, but there are more winners than losers here, and it's a good primer on Canadian alterna-rock in general and Squirtgun and Nettwerk Records specifically.

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