Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too by New Radicals (1998)

25Apr11

We’ve all heard of “one hit wonders”. But a “one album wonder”? That’s something new. 1998’s Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too is one of the best alternative albums of the last couple decades, but it will forever be forgotten due to the artist’s disappearing act. New Radicals were literally around for one record. The musicians themselves had careers in other projects, but their time in New Radicals lasted for only 2 years. I don’t know/care why…hell, probably no one but the artists themselves know the real story. But I DO know that this album is a classic.

You may have heard ‘You Get What You Give’ on the radio, because it was definitely a Top 40 track (and did even better overseas). It’s a serious song lyrically, but tricks you into head nodding with its barroom piano and catchy hook. That single was the reason I bought the CD, but honestly once you hear the whole record, it becomes just another starter in this all-star lineup. The record is stacked from beginning to end. Opener ‘Mother We Just Can’t Get Enough’ kicks things off enthusiastically, and as you’re listening you’re probably thinking you recognize his voice from somewhere, right? I’ll solve that problem for you…frontman Gregg Alexander sounds like a young Mick Jagger, turned up a notch. And the Rolling Stones influence is present throughout the rest of the album, as they explore every side of rock music from guitars to choirs to soft pianos to trippy noise (see the title track).

‘Someday We’ll Know’ is a standout, and has been covered by a few artists over the years. One of my favorites is ‘I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away the Ending’…I don’t know what he’s talking about, but I dig it. ‘I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore’ is a solid tribute to 80s rockers like Whitesnake. ‘In Need of a Miracle’ is top notch, honest and unafraid to screw around a bit musically. I wasn’t crazy about ‘Technicolor Lover’ at first, but it grew on me, and I like the quiet riffs that fill out the song’s background. ‘Flowers’ fits in well with the 90s rock sound. And album closer ‘Crying Like a Church on Monday’ rewards you for sticking around till the end…this one could end up being your favorite.

Look around online, and you may be surprised to find that every review you find of this album is overwhelmingly positive. It’s truly a shame that we missed out on any further music from New Radicals, but who knows if they would have been able to top this record anyway!

music turtle recommends: BUY THEIR WHOLE CATALOG!

What do you think about this album? Comment below

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One Response to “Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too by New Radicals (1998)”

  1. 1 Haterix

    I have to say…………..not my usual hatred-filled cup of tea……………but I liked it.


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