Monday, December 5, 2011

Veruca Salt (Band)

Since 1993 there's been this band that's named after Veruca Salt, the spoiled brat from the Willy Wonka films/book.  They're this alt-rock post-grunge sort of group (thanks, Wikipedia!), which has only had one consistent member, Louise Post.  Veruca Salt has released four full-length studio albums and three EPs up until 2006, though the band is still active today.

 Veruca Salt, circa 1997.

Technically, being named after a character who was named after salt, the band is once-removed from salty associations, but that's fine.  Technically I'm named after someone who is simply related to salt as well, instead of me being named Salty McSalterson.  That's far too blatant.

Veruca Salt's first single was "Seether"/"All Hail Me" (more like a double, amirite?) in 1994.  I thought that "Seether" was just the name of the band that played "Fine Again" in 1080º Avalanche, but apparently it's a type of pot for boiling things.  Who knew? 

Anyway, this first video is the music video for "Seether," featuring cats and dogs, two girls kissing, and one absentee bra:


The next one is the music video for "All Hail Me," featuring a baby-killer and creepy/violent children at a party:


And last but not least, a song off their third album, Eight Arms to Hold You (1997), called "Shutterbug." This one features giant dresses concealing awesome bicycle contraptions, more giant dresses, unfortunate censorship of the virtually harmless word "shit," and very visible suspension cables.*



*Which is fine, actually, considering that the cables in the bubble scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory were also notoriously visible.  Possible homage to a namesake?  Who knows.

15 comments:

  1. I still rock out to Veruca Salt occasionally, Seether is a tune.

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  2. I've actually heard of them before :)

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  3. Ive like VS since the early 90's good article

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  4. How fitting, a band called Salt.

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  5. That was pretty cool actually; thanks

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  6. I remember them! There videos got lots of play on the music video channel! Remember before youtube when you had to wait hours to see your favorite song played on TV?

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  7. Also their best song was Volcano Girls.

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  8. I never watched the video, but I always liked Veruca Salt. Although I cannot say I remember any song other than seether.

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  9. Ehhh... Odd that they would name themselves after her. Can't say their songs really stuck out for me.

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  10. nice tunes, I have a friend that will love that. She might get a CD for xmas

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  11. Nice article, no "suspension cables" in the Shutterbug video. You're probably thinking of the bungee cords in the Volcano Girls video.

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