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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Polaris -- Music from The Adventures of Pete and Pete


The Adventures of Pete and Pete is one of my favorite mid-90's TV shows, and nostalgia for that flavor of show and general vibe is what generally makes me hate now and think that 22 years ago was way better. Maybe it was, and maybe it wasn't, but Pete and Pete was a great show for a quirky, too-cool-for-school, too-smart-for-his-own-good rural teenager like mid-90's me.
Pete and Pete featured an awesome 90's alternative rock theme song, whose unintelligible lyrics somehow made it even cooler.

A band named Polaris, featuring members of the 90's rock band, Miracle Legion, came together just to record that song (and perform in the show's intro!), and also, to periodically create more songs to be featured in the show. Those songs are collected together in Music from The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
This album is a must have for fans of the show. Even having not watched Pete and Pete regularly in more than two decades, I can recall certain episodes just from hearing the songs on this album. Music from The Adventures of Pete and Pete's blend of irresistible, fun, summer hazy 90's alternative is a great mood improver. I do wish that the songs were mixed a little stronger, and also, listening to 12 of these songs in a row instead of one in an awesome episode of TV is not quite as magical, but still, even for non-Pete and Pete fans who just want some positive vibes, Music from The Adventures of Pete and Pete does the trick. Also, I had a huge crush on Ellen.

Unfortunately, in subsequent years I have discovered that I am neither that cool, nor that smart, but Pete and Pete, a testament to the unique creativity of its creators, still shines brightly.

1999 Mezzotint Records
1. Hey Sandy 2:36
2. She Is Staggering 3:08
3. Waiting for October 3:52
4. Saturnine 3:13
5. Everywhere 3:37
6. Ivy Boy 3:51
7. Summerbaby 3:24
8. Coronado II 4:19
9. Ashamed of the Story I Told 4:29
10. As Usual 5:22
11. Recently 2:40
12. The Monster's Loose (ends at 3:39, followed by 2 minutes of silence, then Apollo 11 sound clips) 9:01

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