Songs You May Have Missed #178


Chris Von Sneidern: “Big White Lies” (1994)

Chris Von Sneidern–ever heard of him? I’m guessing unless you’re a personal friend of mine your answer is “who?”

Chris flies under the radar, unless your radar is calibrated to Hopelessly Uncommercial Beatles-influenced Power Pop, as mine was in the 1990’s, when I discovered Von Sneidern, Jellyfish, The Pooh Sticks, Teenage Fanclub, Shoes and many others of this ilk.

This guy really was a talent, though. Just listen to the harmonies on “Big White Lies”–Von Sneidern truly knew how to sprinkle the sugar on a song. They even made a film about him–Why Isn’t Chris Von Sneidern Famous? It’s out of print, as is its soundtrack CD. Fitting. I used to whinge and moan about music like this deserving a wider audience. But as Elvis Costello said: I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused.

I just know that one day there’ll be a party, probably a private party, probably at my house. And I’ll be the DJ. And lots of sweet 90’s power pop harmonies will be cranking really loud. And I won’t care how many people attend, or if I’m the only one there. And for four minutes Chris Von Sneidern will be famous enough.

Why Isn't Chris von Sneidern Famous? (Movie Soundtrack)

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