Thursday, February 6, 2014

20 Years of Kara's Flowers

On February 6, 1994....
Kara's Flowers was born. While Adam doesn't think much of Kara's Flowers, I'm sure everyone else does. From tracks like 'Leave A Message', 'Myself'' or 'Everyday Goodbyes', they won over the people of Southern California. Sure they had rough times like the tour with 'The Fourth World', but what about all those good times? Playing their first show at the Whisky's in 1995? Going to Five Towns college where Adam and Jesse found their true potential? Playing new songs during of 1999 such as 'However Whatever' or 'July'. They seem to be forgetting all those times they had. You can hear the emotion when they play songs like 'Everyday Goodbyes'. Yet, Adam still consists that Kara's Flowers wasn't anything special. People say that their lyrics were 'rudimentary'. So, the song 'Peeler' wasn't a statement by Adam that he was never going to 'peel' away from the crowd and sell out like other artists do or that 'Ray Pim' isn't a song about how Adam feels like he is killing time until he "makes it" and the themes such as loneliness, isolation and boredom are nonsense? The thing is, you have to understand what they mean in order to "get it". 'Loving The Small Time' is a song about finally having local success (Keep in mind this was late 1994, around the time they sold around 500 copies of '...We Like Digging?') "Myself" is about not letting drugs get the best of them and how they've seen "all those remedies" and although they have "choked" on all those remedies, they will maintain self control and "have their health". While some songs like 'Clomb' or 'Give Me Love' appear to make no sense, they where just doing what their favorite artists were doing. But anyways, Kara's Flowers truly is amaing. Sure, The Fourth World sold bad, but when you have zero to no promotion and your tours consist of ska fans (as opposed to power pop fans), you won't get good results. So.... sorry for the long post. I just love Kara's Flowers. I wish I could hear all their material (However Whatever, Give My Life, etc) and I'm sure we all do. The Fourth World was re-released on their 10th anniversary in 2004, so who knows what could happen... Hopefully, it's not re-released XD   But yeah, happy 20th anniversary to Kara's Flowers. I'm always adding minor fixes to the blog, so if you think I never check this, I do. I always check my email, so if you ever need the live version of 'Everyday Goodbyes' or you happen to have a bootleg of a Kara's Flowers show, hit me up. As always, all things must pass. I wish I could surprise you guys with a live version of 'Not Falling Apart' or something like that, but I always like to share any songs as soon as I get it, so I can't really give you anything but this long paragraph. So, goodbye!!!!