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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Syrup & Gasoline

The Canadian indie-rock comp delivers plenty of high-octane rawk & sugary pop.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Super-sweet and explosively powerful — that sums up Syrup & Gasoline, a collection of Canadian indie-rock, punk and power pop.

On the sweet side of the coin you’ve got Winnipeg’s B’Ehl, whose Sorry For Being Such A Crappy Friend is a sugar fix of breezy acoustics and cotton-candy harmony. On the other end, there’s the rawk swagger of Montreal’s Tricky Woo or the Dead Boys glam-punk of Vancouver’s Spitfires. In the middle are Evie, whose Commotion is a collision of twisted pop, haunting harmonies and boom-bash drumming. But best of all are Thrush Hermit, who win the prize for coolest cover — a full seven-minute version of Budgie’s boogie classic Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman. Sweeeeet.