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Eclectic Guitar

by The 99th Floor

A splendid collection of soul, punk and psychedelia influences, sometimes jingle-jangly powerpop, fueled by tune-smith brilliance and multitudes of guitars and vocals, indebted to a versatile range of artists and styles.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. He Will Get to Call You Sweet Things Now
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2. Headspin
4:08 $0.99
3. Cool Is Dead
3:30 $0.99
4. Big Boys
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5. Hairbrush Blues
6:24 $0.99
6. Brilliant Water
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7. Earthquake in My Head
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8. Everybody Else Was Cool
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9. Like a Dog
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10. Trampoline
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11. Graceful Fall From Grace
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Album Notes
2007 spelled the comeback of The 99th Floor, name and band, after twelve years on-and-off existence as Swim. The 99th Floor was formed by songwriter/guitarist Morten Solli, bass player Kjetil Moberg and drummer Jacob Bordahl in 1987.

Named after and inspired by the signature tune by late 60's psychedelic garage pioneers the Moving Sidewalks, the 99th Floor became a unique live attraction on the Norwegian indie rock scene of the late eighties and early nineties.

The debut album, Little Painkillers, was a splendid mix atypical of its time, a strong set of tunes wielding soul, British Invasion and psychedelic 1960's influences in frenetic performances capturing the spirit of early, no-frills punk.

In its first incarnation the 99th Floor was a true power trio, with a sharp sound perfected through top-of-the-voice singing, all-over-the-place guitar playing, rolling drums and inventive bass playing. Luminous contemporary three-piece Hüsker Dü were a major influence, as were speedy bands like the Buzzcocks and Violent Femmes and classic 60's acts such as The Kinks and The Byrds.

An EP released in the spring of 1990 became the second and final release, before this year's happy comeback.

By 1995, the 99th Floor were back rechristened as Swim, whose album Swimsical (1996) contained radio hit Miss Being Miserable With You. Swims belated follow-up came with Big Boys EP in 2004.

The 99th Floor's overdue comeback album, Eclectic Guitar, was released on Norwegian indie label Cafe Superstar in May 2007.



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Excellent Alternative Rock Album
“Eclectic Guitar” is a versatile alternative rock album from Norwegian band The 99th Floor. The 99th Floor seems to span the ‘90s alternative sound with this album, but their inventiveness, group vocals, and catchy choruses make the album fresh and enjoyable. The 99th Floor take from many of the ‘90s genres – punk, pop, and contemporary alternative – and combine it with a variety of musical influences, including The Kinks, Violent Femmes, and Hüsker Dü to create a sound all their own. “Eclectic Guitar” is well-recorded, from incredible bass lines to quiet xylophones to dual vocals, and leaves little to be desired. “Headspin” is a quicker, punk-influenced song with an impressive bass line and a pleasant group vocal on the chorus. “Big Boys” has a strong ‘90s alternative sound. “Graceful Fall From Grace” closes things out with a slower alt-country sound, more group vocals, and nice use of harmonica and country guitar rhythms. With “Eclectic Guitar,” The 99th Floor draws from a variety of influences and shows their versatility in incorporating them into each track. Fans of ‘90s alternative and many of its sub-genres, give The 99th Floor a try.

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