This Week’s #TapeTuesday! Live “Throwing Copper”

Here's your #TapeTuesday! Following the buzz-worthy Mental Jewelry album, Pennsylvanian rockers Live holed up at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota to create what would become Live's masterpiece album. Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads produced the proceedings noting the bands brotherhood, which had been in effect ever since they started playing together back in high school. Singer/songwriter Ed Kowalczyk eschewed the self-loathing grunge ideals for something more spiritual. While not quite Christian rock, Throwing Copper did create an ethereal vibe more akin to early U2 with uplifting lyrics and melodies. Released a mere two weeks after Kurt Cobain's death, Throwing Copper must have struck a chord with a generation seeing the aftermath of the grunge lifestyle. It was a slow success with the first two singles receiving moderate airplay. Then, in February 1995, the guys released the single "Lightning Crashes" to radio and MTV and instantly gained the band millions in sales. That summer the album hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart a full 52 weeks after it's release. The album went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide and spawn 5 hit singles cementing it's status as the first huge "post-grunge" album and band. Since Throwing Copper the band quickly slid from prominence with Ed finally departing the band in 2009. Throwing Copper remains a riveting listen twenty years after it's release. Purchased at Coconuts Music & Video July 1995. #Live #ThrowingCopper #EdKowalczyk #ChadTaylor #PatrickDahlheimer #ChadGracey #JerryHarrison #LouGiordano #TomLordAlge #SellingTheDrama #IAlone #LightningCrashes #AllOverYou #WhiteDiscussion #Radioactive #MCA

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Every Tuesday night I have been posting a picture of a cassette tape from my collection. When I first fell in love with rock music, it was February 1995, I was 11 years old, and I was forced to buy cassette tapes instead of the then fashionable compact disc. To commemorate 20 years in love with rock music I decided to start #TapeTuesday. Here is the latest. Follow me on Instagram @andyderer.


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