Fastbacks – Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits: #485 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Fastbacks - Truth, Corrosion and Sour Bisquits

So why is Fastbacks’ Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

While Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits is ostensibly an album that digs into the band’s vaults to release some hidden gems for the public in addition to a series of cover songs, I look at it as simply yet another great Fastbacks album.  

I’ve mentioned here and there that I’m a massive fan of the Pixies and, as I’ve gotten older, Frank Black’s solo work as well. I’ve also had the opportunity to blabber on about my great love for the Fastbacks, so for me it’s simply Bliss Village that Truth, Corrosion and Sour Bisquits includes a delightful and rocking cover of the Pixies’ “Allison.”

“Go All the Way” is everything I want in a rock song in terms of great hooks and gorgeous vocals. The Fastbacks are a band who sound “effortlessly” great when really of course it’s built on the (fast) back of decades of doing their thing.

“AAA” is vintage Fastbacks: rollicking, melodic pop punk that stomps in a gloriously fun and high-spirited way.

Pop culture stuff that has something to do with Fastbacks’ Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits

Frank Black and the Pixies seem to like songs that include female names. Well, there are two of them, at least! We have “Allison,” as noted above, and then we have the fantastic “I Heard Ramona Sing,” off of the Frank Black solo album from 1993, as well.

When I saw the incredible movie, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, for the first time, I was pretty much all in from the beginning. But then when they used “I Heard Ramona Sing” to introduce the character of the same name (that’d be Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), I was truly floored.

Personal stuff that has something to do with Fastbacks’ Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits

I moved to Seattle, Washington in late 2016 after living most of my life in New York and California. And yeah, part of my excitement in making the move was the incredible history – both “older” and new – of music coming out of the Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest.

By 2018, my wife and I were settled into our neighborhood of West Seattle, which we adore to this day. I believe it was that summer that Sub Pop Records put on a huge (and free!) outdoor show in my very neighborhood, down on Alki Beach.

So it was that I was able to see and hear the Fastbacks live for the first time. Definitely a bucket list item for me in terms of bands I want to see live. And, oh yes, they were great.

Side note: we’ll be seeing the Pixies live for the first time this September!

Some stats & info about Fastbacks – Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock Music, Pop Punk, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating – 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • When was Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits released? 2004
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #485 out of 1,000

Fastbacks’ Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from Fastbacks’ Truth, Corrosion, and Sour Bisquits that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

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