Ben’s Brilliant Best Albums of the 1990s. No. 88. The Nymphs – The Nymphs

The Nymphs had an interesting 1990s. After being signed by Geffen records (and I’m a bit fuzzy on the details here, so it may not be one hundred percent accurate, please don’t sue me) their debut album was delayed for so long, and the restraints on their performing any songs from it live so strict, that they all ended up addicted to heroin out of frustration. Or possibly the heroin came first. I dunno. Heroin though. It’s no joke.

Anyway, the album that was released, just before the band split up, largely because of all the heroin they were doing, was very good. They got lumped in with the whole ‘grunge’ thing that was popular at the time but their sound was bigger, dense, luxurious, more LA than Seattle. Drums and vocals at the front with everything else weaved into a thick tapestry of feedback and noise. It’s a good formula. It works.

Technically, (or at least, according to Wikipedia) The Nymphs is an ‘underground classic’ but, had they been better managed, they might well have been huge. Their sound is far closer to Guns N’ Roses than Sonic Youth*. There was a market waiting for them. That heroin though. It will stop you achieving your dreams. Still, great album. Great album.


*I don’t intend this as either an insult or a compliment by the way. Both bands are good.