Back when I was in college there were certain albums, like Soul Asylum's Hang Time, that all my friends owned. Then there were other albums that only one of us would own, but that got passed around among the group so much that it seemed like we all owned it. Rassafranna by the Electric Love Muffin fell into this later category.
My friend Adam once again loaned me the communal copy of Rassafranna, and through the miracle of digital technology, I can now share a couple tracks with the rest of the world.
So, how does the album hold up? Pretty well I'd say. The Electric Love Muffin had the misfortune of breaking up just before "alternative rock" broke into the mainstream. To my ears, the album is at least as good as what the Flaming Lips were doing at the time, and certainly better than anything by some of the second-tier alternative acts that became multi-platinum sellers in the 90s (Goo Goo Dolls, I'm looking at you).
The album is a little uneven, but a lot of fun. Listening to Rassafranna today, it's easy to imagine a very different future for this young band from Philly.