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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 180
Sun. July 28, 2013

“Never”
Electrafixion

1995

“♫ And
so am I/
the truth
just goes
♫”

After Nirvana broke through in 1991, what impressed me most what wasn’t what the kids were saying about this Aberdeen, Washington band but the iconic rock heroes like Neil Young, David Bowie, Tom Petty were all raving about the cultural importance about Nirvana. Did you know that Echo and the Bunnymen’s vocalist Ian McCulloch, was not only a fan but McCulloch credits Kurt Cobain and Nirvana for sparking his reunion with fellow Bunnymen, guitarist Will Sergeant? In Chris Adams book Turquoise Days: The World of Echo & the Bunnymen, Ian praised Cobain and his band, when he said, “Nirvana were the best out-and-out rock band since…The Velvet Underground. They just stripped it all away, and it wasn’t like the Pistols, with Malcolm McLaren and that very English fake hard-boy thing. Nirvana was just about Kurt and what was going on in his head. They dug a lot deeper than all the current rock & roll ladishness.

Ian appreciated Kurt’s honest aggression, Cobain’s brave guitar laden sound not only got teens picking up the axe but also lead to McCulloch and Sergeant to reunite when they formed Electrafixion. Still not ready to reconvene their old band, Electrafixion was the first step in bringing back Liverpool’s legendary rock band Echo and The Bunnymen. First Ian and especially Will Sergeant used Nirvana inspiration’s to craft some dynamic rock riffs, none more explosive than Burned’s “Never.” “Never” has Sergeant’s fiery guitar riffs mixed with a Stone Roses styled back beat that’s so addictive, it will shock you that former Echo stalwarts Ian and Will came up with such electrified hooks and lyrics. It was as if McCulloch and Sergeant was struck by lightening and went directly to the studio and the result was 1994’s Burned.

You can hear why a young piercing howl of Kurt Cobain not only shake the record world to the core but moved former Echo and the Bunnymen vocalist Ian McCulloch to unleash some lust filled lyrical vigor on Electrafixion’s Burned. In Adams’ Turquoise Days, McCulloch talked about Kurt’s influence when the singer said, “Kurt Cobain affected me just to listen to and to look at. He looked beautiful, like Jesus. And I just loved that kind of grit, and the way he meant it and you couldn’t argue with him—he wasn’t faking it. ‘Cos there are so many fakes around. He was dead fragile and just had one of the best rock voices ever, dead like Lennon. And his words are great, dead simple things that really suck you in. That, to me, is what bands should be trying to do.”And since nobody else was stepping up to the plate, Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant took Nirvana’s inspirational grit and formed Electrafixion. Just like their name, “Never” is one of Burned‘s more explosive cuts that show how a 1980’s songwriting duo McCulloch and Sergeant can be influenced by 1994 American grunge band to form one of the most underrated bands of the late 1990s.

Although, Electrafixion will be remembered as the short lived nineties act that spawned the reformation of Echo & The Bunnymen mach two; the band’s debut album and specifically “Never” is one of the most original post modern psycho-psychedelic sound that you need to track down 1994’s Burned to believe it. Could Electrafixion lusty rock riffs actually surpass the eloquence of Echo & The Bunnymen? “Never” say never, don’t be afraid to give Electrafixion a try, they might just blow your mind with a volatile Velvet-y rock sound that will leave you a little bit Burned.

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