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Never Mind the Molluscs

September 25, 2009

Welcome to a new feature, in which we’ll post some songs you can download for free on Fridays. The plan is to stick to the obscure and the out-of-print, and hopefully share some cool things you haven’t heard for a while. Or at all.

Never Mind the Molluscs was a four-song compilation released by SubPop in 1993. It originally came as two 7″s or as a CD. I found the latter at Backstreet Records last spring and I assume Chris from Eric’s Trip was cleaning out his basement and found an extra copy he wanted rid of.

For those who don’t remember, there was a brief time in the early 1990s — right around the time everyone was starting to get sick of hearing about grunge — when some proclaimed Halifax the next Seattle. Bands like Sloan, Thrush Hermit, Jale, Eric’s Trip, and The Monoxides (despite the notable disadvantage of being from Moncton) began to attract attention from American record labels, with varying degrees of success.

This compilation from SubPop Records (arguably the most influential taste-maker at the time) announced the Canadian east coast scene’s arrival as The Next Big Thing. It never really happened that way, but that’s actually okay. A bunch of local bands made great records in the process, we owe the annual Halifax Pop Explosion to this period’s legacy, and that’s pretty good.

Download Never Mind The Molluscs from Evilmp3


  1. Pillow Fight – Sloan
  2. Lung – Jale
  3. Blue Sky for Julie/Smother – Eric’s Trip
  4. Iodine Eyes – Idée du Nord

Side note: I couldn’t find any information anywhere about Idée du Nord. I don’t know who was in the band or what became of them after this EP. Do you know their story? Leave a comment.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. passerine songs permalink*
    September 25, 2009 1:13 pm

    Thanks for putting this up, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard any of this. Halifax as the next Seattle, I totally remember that.

    Idée du Nord were from Moncton, that’s all I ever knew.

  2. October 16, 2009 8:51 pm

    Idee du nord were a fantastic band. I went to a radio conference in Charlottetown on year and the played. It was in the Red Barn; I think thats what it was called. There was an upper level, a balcony that you could look down on the main floor. They projected this film of an eyeball moving (or watching) through thier whole set. I went on to play with the drummer in a couple of bands and met the others.

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