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She Always Gets What She Wants – Prime Circle

All Or Nothing – Prime Circle

All Or Nothing – Prime Circle

When bands like Springbok Nude Girls and Just Jinger either moved to the US or started going through the break up/make up/break up phase of life, there was a bit of vacuum left in the rock section of SA music. And into that gap came bands like Seether (till they also left for the US), aKing, The Parlotones and Prime Circle.

And its not too difficult, listening to ‘She Always Gets What She Wants’, to see why Prime Circle was one of those filling the gap as it is a very solid rock tune. It has the rough edged vocals, a solid beat, guitars and a great melody to make for some great rock music. Bands like Nickelback and The Wallflowers come to mind when listening to this laid back but with an edge track.

Undoubtedly there is a tipping of the hat to Just Jinger as it is clear that they had an influence on Prime Circle’s early stuff. Listening to their latest album, ‘If You Don’t, You Never Will’, they seem to have mellowed further with age, and while this later offering is certainly worth a listen, I have to say that I do prefer the earlier offering of ‘She Always Gets What She Wants’. The song won the SAMA record of the year award in 2009 and its not too surprising that it did. If she wanted a great rock tune, then she would have gone for this track, because…well you know what the title says.

Where to find it:
All Or Nothing – Prime Circle, 2008, EMI, CDEMCJ (WIS) 6433

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Ten Seconds – Cutting Jade

Cutting Jade

Cutting Jade

Cutting Jade were one of a number of edgy rock bands that sprung up in South Africa around the turn of the millennium. The difference between them and a lot of the others was that they rose above the pack and looked set to become another Saron Gas/Seether success story. Despite showing a lot of promise and garnering some international interest, it was not to be.

And this is where the fickleness of the music industry is brought under the spotlight. Listen to ‘10 Seconds’ next to something by the Springbok Nude Girls or the aforementioned Seether and you would be hard pressed to say that this does not hold its own next to those other bands. It has everything needed to catapult a band into the big time – ominous, growling guitars and edgy vocals that explode into a catchy and soaring chorus.

The song did manage to top 7 SA radio stations’ charts, got to number 3 on the SA Rockdigest Chart and was voted the 2nd best song of the year (behind Seether’s ‘Gasoline’) by that publication. ‘10 Seconds’ should have given Cutting Jade more than their 15 minutes of fame.

Where to find it:
So There We Were – Cutting Jade, (2002), David Gresham, CDDGR 1544

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69 Tea – Saron Gas/Seether

69 Tea – Saron Gas/Seether

Fragile - Saron Gas

Fragile – Saron Gas

Until they realised that Saron Gas was the poison used in the 1995 subway attack in Tokyo which killed thirteen people, Sean Morgan (was Welgemoed) and co went under that name. A move to the US brought about a name change to Seether and success followed.

‘69 Tea’ was recorded under both names and is a blistering piece of grunge that was one of the first major locally produced grunge tunes to hit our shores. It features roaring guitars, growling vocals and self loathing lyrics. It was no small wonder that they wound up on, erm, Wind-Up records in the US where they have had remarkable success with ‘Disclaimer’ (their first album) reaching 92 on the Billboard album charts and more recemntly their 2012 offering ‘Holding On To Strings Better Left To Fray’ fell just short of the top spot, peaking at number 2.

There is little to choose between the Saron Gas and the Seether versions of this song, the former sticking closer to the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ grunge sound with a less in-your-face guitar, but both build to roaring rock. The Saron Gas one did reach number 15 on the SA Rockdigest Charts back in 2000.

Where to find it:
Fragile -Saron Gas (2000),Musketeer, CDMUS (LF) 300
Disclaimer – Seether (2002), Musketeer, CDMUS (CF) 303

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