Though hundreds of artists emerged from the American punk scene of the 1980s, few of them serve as better examples of its importance than Sebadoh. The band adhered to the era's D.I.Y. ethos, not as an ideology but simply as a default, releasing their own albums on cassette and making their own T-shirts, not with a silkscreen but with a magic marker because that was the easiest and most direct way. Meanwhile, indie rock's schizophrenic balance of rage and painful self-consciousness was perfectly embodied in mopey, bespectacled front man Lou Barlow, who became an unlikely icon for odd college... More >>>
Sebadoh's somewhere between simple punk and sophisticated pop.