Good music never gets old. I'd say it's like a fine wine, but that would just be cliché. True classics have a way of transporting you to a different place and time, unlike anything else out there. There's always going to be those timeless songs like Stairway to Heaven...but then there's the classics of my generation...better known as the 90's.
That's why when I heard about this, I was pretty stoked. But, not before I give you a little bit of background.
Growing up I was a huge Econoline Crush fan. When the 'Affliction' album made its debut, I was sold. I remember begging my folks for permission to go to a rock festival when I was a kid so I could see one of my favorite bands live. I'm surprised they let me go - I don't think I was even old enough to drive, let alone be at a rock concert past 9pm. Luckily, my folks are pretty cool cats, and they let me go. Several bumps and bruises later I was able to get close enough to the stage to catch a glimpse of what were in my eyes, larger than life rockstars. I vaguely remember getting injured in the 'most pit' and being brought backstage. Sweet! I thought for sure this would be my chance to meet the band face to face and be able to justify my tattered clothes to my dad - but, the security was pretty tight and that didn't exactly pan out.
A couple years and albums later Econoline Crush remained one of my all time favorites. Not just because the music was good, but let's just say the 90's were pretty good times for me (from what I can remember). It wasn't until a few years after they split up, I found myself working in a club on a contract basis doing merchandise for bands touring through town. One of the bands I was recruited to work for was a band called 'Hurst'.
Initially, I didn't even think to put two and two together. I heard someone introducing themselves to me, and when I looked up it was EC's frontman - Trevor Hurst, who was on tour with his newest project. I wasn't quite the drooling preteen fan I was back then, but awe stricken nonetheless. Immediately it was like all those great moments of my 'younger years' came flooding back - and that's priceless.
EC has since come alive again and I've been able to relive those great moments quite a few times over the past few years - thanks to Trevor and his uncanny ability to keep growing younger (I'm jealous). Seriously, this guy just keeps getting better (fine wine, perhaps?!).
I was stoked when they released their last full length album, Ignite. But when I was told that EC would be releasing 'Surefire: The Best of Econoline Crush' it was a different kind of excitement. Every one of my favorite EC songs is on the album. After 11 years, Trevor, along with original guitarists Ziggy Sigmund and Robert Morfitt have completely remastered the collection - which also comes along with never-before-released radio mixes and remixes.
Now I can bask in my 90's glory whenever I want...minus all the bumps and bruises.
And just for the fun of it...here's a little video to bring you back to those 'good times'.