thedetroiter.com remembers Majesty Crush - Celebrity stalkers from
the roaring 90s!
Once upon a time there was a little four piece band from Detroit called
Majesty Crush....a very beautiful and disturbing band.
The band, formed in 1990, featured O'Dell Nails on drums, Michael
Segal on guitar, Hobie Echlin on bass and the enigmatic David Stroughter
on the mic.
I was recently reminded of them after seeing the new Tarantino film
"Kill Bill" , starring Uma Thurman....a very beautiful and
disturbing movie.You see, Majesty Crush are one of my very favorite
Detroit groups from the early 1990s and "Uma," their 3 1/2
minute ode to the actress, still plays though my head whenever I see
Other songs like Penny for Love, Kournikova, Seles (yes... both about
tennis players.) and the classic #1 Fan ,all tap dance (or shoe gaze)
around the subject of desire, obsession and celebrity worship. Weird
Wild Stuff. Their songs were at the same time moody, beautiful, fascinating...and
But whether it was because of Captain Stoughter's often tasteless"Axl
Rosish" antics on stage or perhaps because of some of the band's
destructive bad habits off stage, the group just never quite made
it over the hump. Did bad business and bad behavior get in the way
of some great music?
But, whatever the reason, it is really unfortunate because when you
strip away all of the wannabe Jim Morrison channeling and Mr. Brownstone
shennanigans (or as we like say in 2003...the band's "issues"),
this group really did have the musical goods. Simple, emotional. Their
music was certainly underground but also surprisingly accessible.
And they maintained the difficult balance between melodic and uplifting
AND at the same time dark and unsettling.
You might say....emoting two sides of the same Samurai Sword...umm...but....I
...but hey, why not judge for yourself.
Listen to "Uma" by Majesty Crush today
on thedetroiter.com radio!
"Uma" appears on the Majesty Crush album "Love 15,"
and while it is no longer in print, enough copies were released that
it should still be relatively easy to pick up in the used record stores.
Or, you might find a copy of Stroughter's more recent works with his
group P.S. I Love You.
Other new additions to thedetroiter.com's ever evolving playlist include
Andrew W.K., The Gories, Bob and Willie's collaboration "Last
Stand in Open Country," plus up and comers Lisboa!
Remember, we DO take requests. So if you have a comment or a suggestion
for our playlist please make a post in our reader feedback area, or
email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
to read last month's thedetroiter.com radio article.