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(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.)

“Gun,”
the opening track off Uncle Tupelo’s sophomore LP Still Feel Gone, was the first of the band’s songs I consciously remember listening to. A prime example of classic, early, Tweedy – in terms of the songwriting, delivery, and execution – the opener comes across like a rapid-fire shotgun blast. It also marks the sound of a band coming into their own. Whereas Tupelo’s debut, No Depression, was critically lauded for having spawned a movement, it was Still Feel Gone that truly showed off the band’s varied and frankly, often, disparate roots. Alternately thrashing and twanging their way through the LP’s thirteen tracks, Still Feel Gone is served well by “Gun,” a straight-forward pop song (opener) anchored by loud electric guitars, angst, and Tweedy’s vocals, which in retrospect were still finding their footing.

+ Listen to “Gun,” off Still Feel Gone, below, and then check out Tweedy performing an acoustic version, recorded more than a decade later, from this 2006 living room show.

Download:

MP3: Uncle Tupelo :: Gun
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Amazon: Uncle Tupelo – Still Feel Gone

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3 Responses to “Sevens :: Uncle Tupelo: Gun”

  1. Thanks for keeping the old school stirred in with the newbies. I’ve been meaning to catch up on my alt.country for years now. Thanks for the leg up.

  2. I once heard a interview with Tweedy where he said they were trying to be Dinosaur Jr. I hear it most on Gun.

  3. ALways loved Gun, still cover it to this day, and i’ve always felt that “Still Feel Gone” is the key UT album though you seem to be the only other person who agrees. Then again you dig “Monster” – REM and “Sound of Lies” – The Jayhawks so maybe we both dig those noisy unloved albums.

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