soup dragons

The Soup Dragons, Lovegod

Jason Landry, contributor

Mid way through my senior year of high school, my buddy came back from a trip to Florida with a cassette for me to listen to. On one side was a copy of The Jesus and Mary Chain album Automatic. On the flip side was a copy of The Soup Dragons 1990 release Lovegod.

The third studio album by the Scottish alternative rock band, in my opinion, is their crowning achievement as a band, and one of my favorite albums of all time. The album’s title is a nod to the band’s love for psychedelia and the 1960s counterculture movement. It’s a departure from the band’s earlier post-punk sound and features a mix of indie rock and infectious danceable pop music.

Many critics hailed it as one of the best albums of the year. The album’s lead single, “I’m Free,” which is a reworked version of a Rolling Stones track became a huge hit, reaching number five on the UK Singles Chart. It has since appeared in many commercials.

Featuring catchy guitar riffs, danceable beats, and memorable hooks, the album’s second track, “Mother Universe,” sets the tone for the rest of the album, with its infectious groove and vibe. Other standout tracks include “Backwards Dog,” “Beauty Freak”, the anthem “Lovegod”, and let’s not forget the feedback laden guitar-heavy track that kicks off “Crotch Deep Trash”.

The album’s lyrics are often playful and whimsical, with themes of love, freedom, and spirituality. This record is an absolute gem of its era, and it’s no surprise that it helped propel the band to international success. It took me a while, but I was finally able to track down an original copy on vinyl. Drop the needle on this one, folks. You’ll dig it!