120 Reasons To Live: Lime Spiders

Nothing did more to further the cause of Alternative Nation-building than 120 Minutes, MTV’s Sunday-night video showcase of non-mainstream acts. For nearly two decades, the program spanned musical eras from ’80s college rock to ’00s indie, with grunge, Britpop, punk, industrial, electronica and more in between. MAGNET raids the vaults to resurrect our 120 favorite and unjustly forgotten videos from the show’s classic era.

#75: Lime Spiders “The Other Side Of You”

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Australian import Lime Spiders were a perfect example of a band that didn’t clean up very well. 1987 debut The Cave Comes Alive! was a punk/garage eye-opener; early on, Rolling Stone called the Lime Spiders “the Sex Pistols on acid,” and the band’s singer is named Mick Blood, for chrissakes. But just a year later, inappropriately titled follow-up album Volatile proved to be a tame affair—a shame, since any hype the band had accrued was quickly washed away. That sophomore album produced half-decent single “The Other Side Of You,” whose video telegraphs the ordinary side of a formerly exciting band.

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  1. Sned Farling
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    From your description, this video sounds more like a reason to be mildly disappointed than a reason to live. Surely you can find enough good videos from 120 Minutes that you don’t need to treat us to a “half-decent single” from a “formerly exciting band”.