INKtober day 20! My theme: drawing the covers of my favorite records… today, a power-pop masterpiece:
Superdrag - Head Trip in Every Key - 1998
There’s two sad things here: one, younger kids today have never heard of (or heard) Superdrag, and two, even if you are aware of them (from their 1996 radio hit "Sucked Out", probably), chances are you may have never heard anything from this record, or subsequent records either. It’s a real shame, because Superdrag is a damn fine band!
Why didn’t you hear anything from this record? I have no idea. A band that leaned towards a retro sound didn’t fit in amongst bands like, you know, CREED. Why listen to something good when you can listen to “My Own Prison” a million times?
(To be fair, while I don’t like Creed, I can appreciate the fact that some people do.)
Anyway. This record is amazing. They took all the money their record company would give them and decided to make a very Beatles-esque record, which wasn’t a very popular idea at the time. And while the record was a flop and Elektra Records would eventually drop the band, we’re all the better for John Davis and company giving us these 13 fantastic songs.
Art note: I’m pretty happy with the pencil shading on her face… I like how the face is rendered by the rest of her is pretty stark.
Favorite track: Shuck & Jive… but I can’t find a good link for you, so here’s my second favorite track, Sold You An Alibi