Today Tiny Mix Tapes shares The Springfields’ single “Wonder” ahead of the upcoming Slumberland compilation LP, Singles 1986-1991. Check out the feature and stream “Wonder” here. (link) The compilation LP will be out on November 15th and features the 5 singles they released on Sarah, Picture Book, Summershine, Seminal Twang and adds one extra song. Slumberland turns 30 this year and this reissue of The Springfields represents some of the music that originally influenced the iconic label.
The Springfields’ Ric Menck had this to say about the song: ““Wonder” is about my friend Aimee Mann. It was written in response to a song she wrote about me called “Put Me On Top”. It was recorded at ’Til Tuesday’s rehearsal space in Boston, just around the corner from Fenway Park. My friend Buddy Judge plays some guitar on the recording. Buddy was in ’Til Tuesday at the time, and he went on to play in The Grays with Jon Brion and Jason Faulkner. The song is supposed to have vague country overtones, but was mainly another one of those jangly pop tunes I was writing at the time. I recently found out there’s is a club in japan named after the song, which is pretty flattering.”
When it comes to indie pop, few names are as respected as Ric Menck and Paul Chastain. Through years of collaboration in groups such as Velvet Crush, Bag O’ Shells, Choo Choo Train, and The Big Maybe they just about *were* the entire US indie pop scene, but it’s as The Springfields that they made perhaps their best, most beloved records. Taking their cues from influences like The Byrds and The Hollies they created a sound that was as jangly and melodic as their inspirations, but marked by a unique songwriting voice, excellent tunes, and sterling arrangements. Singles 1986-1991 collects the 5 singles they released on Sarah, Picture Book, Summershine, and Seminal Twang and adds one extra tune, here on vinyl for the first time. From the Paisley Underground-aligned opener “This Perfect Day” through the perfect pop of songs like “Sunflower” and a clutch of savvy covers, The Springfields created a compact, flawless catalog that more than justifies its legendary status and this timely reissue.
[click here to pre-order] Street Date: November 15, 2019
1. This Perfect Day
2. Bicycle Song
5. Are We Gonna Be Alright?
7. Tomorrow Ends Today
8. She Swirls Around Me
9. Million Tears
10. Reachin’ For The Stars
12. Scatter Good Friends