The Mountain Goats’ seminal 2002 album Tallahassee turns 20 at present. John Darnielle posted a heartfelt and humorous notice reflecting on the milestone to Instagram: “It wasn’t met with nice acclaim,” he remembers within the caption. “The sticker on the promo in contrast us to Cake (presumably due to the speak-singing on the lead single), and the main indie rock web site of the time dutifully made that precise comparability in its evaluation.”
Right here’s Darnielle’s full notice:
Our album ‘Tallahassee’ got here out 20 years in the past at present.
There’s numerous tales to inform about how this album got here to be, however the interval I need to give attention to is recording-to-release. Peter had named the producer. I just about solely listened to metallic at the moment, with a few selection punk & indie exceptions, so I requested him if he knew any names, and he named Tony Doogan. I’d heard B&S and their sound was fairly particular even when I usually most well-liked my fare a bit more durable so I mentioned, certain, sounds good, and our new label, @4ad, set it up.
I had by no means spent a full week in studio earlier than. I’m certain I used to be unbearable the whole time. I used to be afraid of failure. I do know I had a brutal headache the whole time and couldn’t sleep, in any respect, within the on-premises lodging. I felt fairly sure that the individuals who preferred what I did could be mad on the studio sheen, and that no person who wished higher manufacturing could be received over by sanding down the abrasive sound of the boombox.
However we made it by means of monitoring & combine, after which we had been advised that the calendar didn’t look good for a fall launch, and after a sure date in November they didn’t wanna launch something within the UK that must compete with the large fall releases…so the album stayed within the cans for a yr. A yr ready. Questioning. Worrying. We recorded that album in October of 2001. It got here out in November of 2002. It wasn’t met with nice acclaim. The sticker on the promo in contrast us to Cake (presumably due to the speak-singing on the lead single), and the main indie rock web site of the time dutifully made that precise comparability in its evaluation.
However we toured till our ft bled, as a result of we thought these had been good songs, and, as we performed them, they discovered the individuals who wished or wanted them. If you make music that’s by no means going to attraction to most people, you play the lengthy sport. We’re immensely grateful to all of you who play the lengthy sport with us. Completely happy birthday to an album that discovered its folks, over time.