Never found in the '80s: Love Tractor

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July

One of the lesser known artists to come out of the Athens, Georgia alternative music scene in the 80s, Love Tractor labored in the shadow of better known acts such as REM and the B-52s. In fact, for a brief period, Bill Berry of REM played drums for this band.

Love Tractor was critically acclaimed but their sound didn’t catch on with popular radio in the US. Love Tractor started as an instrumental band, but by their second album they had added a vocalist. Today’s featured song is from their fifth album This Ain’t No Outer Space Ship (1987). It’s a terrific album filled with lilting guitars and excellent hooks. The song is Beatle Boots and you’ll dig it!

Love Tractor disbanded in the early 90s, but reformed before that decade was out. In 2001 they released their first new album since 1989. The band broke up in 2002.

As a bonus you can check out this video for their cover of The Gap Band’s hit Party Train. I didn’t go with this video because the sound quality is so bad, but it is worth a look to see MTV’s Dave Kendall interview the band.

[Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 9:14am]

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