Kicking Giant – “She’s Real” 7”
K Records, 1994
Acquired: Love Garden Shotgun Room, Used, 2008
This is an awesome little grungy indie pop 7” from the halcyon days of K Recs. This Olympia, WA duo totally kill it on the lead track, “She’s Real,” with a blend of jangly guitars and no-budget Phil Spector girl group sound (the track fades out with a refrain of the words “be my baby” and features prominently features that track’s famous drum beat. It’s pretty, though. With a great little hook that cuts through the absolute amateurness of the track (which is also, coincidentally, one of Kicking Giant’s greatest strengths and ultimately the whole point of twee, punk, and any genre worth a damn: That pretty much any goddamn person on the planet is capable of writing a catchy little three minute song). “Funny Face” is another nice slice of melancholic pop and the second b-side “Dubious” is a surprisingly upbeat slice of garagey indie pop with crunchy, poorly tuned guitars, clumsy drums, a sweet little hook and charm to spare.