The debut major label release from what should have been a band that deserved more than the moderate success the received near the end of the ’80s. The first thing I thought of when I heard Eleventh Dream Day’s “Beet” was Neal Young meets Sonic Youth.
I have to admit, it’s been years since I listened to this album. I’m amazed I didn’t buy more by Eleventh Dream Day back in the day. Then again, I was going to the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts at the time and there were a lot us there turning each other on to new sounds. There was so much new music I was discovering. The punk energy and raw emotion from these Chicago alt-rockers is what stood out from the pack to me with “Beet”. Listening to it again all these years later, it’s easy to remember why.