I’m not particularly ashamed or proud of how much music I have stored on this computer I’m typing you from, but when iTunes shuffles across The Mice, I get a particularly fuzzy feeling inside. Hailing from Cleveland in the mid-80’s, I can’t imagine what a head-scratchin’ group they must’ve been at the time. Power pop in a time when four pieces like The Replacements and R.E.M. were bankable commodities. In Ohio when the main export was Pere Ubu. The Mice were such a disturbingly sensible band that I can only say that Scat’s 2004 reissue of their two EPs is nothing short of absolutely mandatory.
Below are 7 samples of the Mice at their peak. 5 of the tunes are from a deleted title (the name of which I don’t know) but the rest of the CD includes many cover songs and demos and thankfully, I have it. The final two tracks are from the reissue and just show how many bands they went on to influence from the more mopey indie sounds like Superchunk or Seam or perhaps the more rough and tumble Uncle Tupelo.
I know I champion less-known records quite often on this site, but this one is absolutely essential for those that find contemporary "pop" a bit lacking and yearn for an age when bands like The Mice should’ve reigned supreme.
The Mice – Public Television
The Mice – Resurrection Day
The Mice – Music Here
The Mice – Something Pushed
The Mice – Can You Walk On The Water, Baby?
The Mice – Not Proud of The USA
The Mice – Down In The Catacombs