The Beta Band – The Three EPs

I always loved that scene in High Fidelity when John Cusack nudges his friend at the record store and says:

“Watch me sell seven copies of the Beta Band…”

That pretty much sums up the appeal of The Beta Band. Once you hear them, you really can’t help but love ’em.

Well, I suppose there are some people out there who could listen and not love them, but this blog really isn’t for them anyway. The weird thing is that the band’s fan base remains a rabid cult following instead of a more universal love.

Weird to me, I mean.

The Beta Band formed in 1996 by nice British boys Steve Mason, Robin Jones, John Maclean and Richard Greentree.  In 1997 the released a critically acclaimed trip of EPs: “Champion Versions”, “The Patty Patty Sound” and ” Los Amigos del Beta Bandidos.”  All three were soon collected into one of my favorite Beta Band Albums, aptly titled “The Three EPs”

What do they sound like?  Some have called their music “folk-hop,” but one can also hear influences of rock, reggae, classical and soul in their music as well. I could really care less what you categorize it as, to me it just sounds…lush. A sort of warm mix of really catchy good tunes.  Take a listen to songs like ‘Dry the Rain” (embedded above) and see if you don’t find yourself singing along to the chorus.  Try not to get caught up in the opening to ‘Inner Meet Me,’ or the infectious chant of ‘The House Song.’

The band went on to record three full-length albums “The Beta Band,” “Hot Shot’s II” and “Heroes to Zeros” before they finally called it quits.  But if you liked one album, chances are you’ll enjoy them all. I know I certainly do.

Don’t just take my word for it though.

$10 on Amazon!


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