Fuzzy – Hurray For Everything

Hurray For Everything

I first heard Fuzzy several years ago on their debut album for a major label, I believe Atlantic. It was around 1994, and the alternative scene was just starting to edge into the mainstream and away from college indie rock. Female-fronted bands were everywhere, with bouncy pop merging with edgy rock. Fuzzy, I thought at the time, had great music, but the vocals were terrible! That must be why I never heard from them again, until now.
Hurray For Everything is the band’s latest full-length after two with the major label and assorted other indie releases. And, thankfully, the vocals here are not bad at all. Pretty female vocals that remind me of Juliana Hatfield or the singers from Suddenly Tammy! or The Muffs combine with poppy rock and sudden blasts of guitar. It’s remarkably catchy and perfectly produced indie pop, and that’s where Fuzzy belongs.
“Band of Gold” starts things off with a sound that I really enjoy these days. It’s that female-fronted pop with an edge that was starting to get popular in the earlier 90s before dying out as completely as it began. Reminiscent of Suddenly Tammy! or Juliana Hatfield, most of these songs are pop-rock songs with great vocals that are definitely the focal point. “Are You Living” is where Fuzzy really shines. Combining equal amounts of 80’s pop and modern indie rock, the song is catchy indie pop-rock with a bit of a groove, fantastic backing vocals, and a lot of fun. “True Colors,” with it’s “ooo-ooooo-ooooo,” is another catchy and sweet sounding pop number that hints at Beach Boys influences. “Never Be Replaced” is another amazing pop song, with some beautiful guitar and a beautiful chorus. It’s equal elements 60’s rock and modern Brit pop and American indie rock/folk. “Cage” actually reminds me of Letters to Cleo. Decide for yourself if that’s a good thing. “All Hung Up” is probably the most rocking of the songs, with much more emphasis on rhythm and guitar but not forsaking the great chorus. The band even does a cover of Neil Young’s “Losing End,” and pretty well, in fact.
It’s true that some songs on here repeat the style a little too often, losing their originality. “Dead End Day” is an example of where, no matter how many “ba-ba-ba-ba’s” you add, you can’t save a song. “Gave Into It” is another example. It’s pop, but not especially original pop. And “Over the Edge,” as another example, almost sounds like a No Doubt song. Haven’t we all heard enough of No Doubt?
Fuzzy is one of those bands that must have gotten better after leaving a major label. With a few line-up changes, I assume, the band has come together and focused on exactly what they do best: play catchy guitar-driven pop. The songs are infectious, and most are original. The music is strong, especially the inspired guitar work that is so easy to forget about in mundane pop. Fuzzy is definitely one of those bands you listen to on warm summer days, or perhaps in 1993. Ah, those were good days.