Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy (1993)
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The film, Hot Tub Time Machine, probably wasn’t a great movie.
But I do remember a couple of scenes from the movie vividly:
- Perhaps the finest example of “he said the name of the movie IN the movie” that I’ve ever seen.
- The scene below, featuring the repeated whispered line, “Great White Buffalo,” referring to the true, extremely rare, love of one’s life. In this case, sadly for John Cusack’s character, also the one that got away.
For some reason, I struggle to hear the band name, Grant Lee Buffalo, without thinking of John Cusack/Craig Robinson/Rob Corddry whispering, “Great White Buffalo.”
Which begs the question: is Grant Lee Buffalo’s debut album, Fuzzy, as Rob Coddry’s character would call it, A Great White Buffalo, a true 1%-er?
The quick answer is, No.
But the longer, math-ier answer is, Almost, as it may end up being as high as a 2.5%-er.
Back when I reviewed Röyksopp’s Melody AM, I included this modified Standard Deviation chart, to help me figure out why I was having so many mildly positive responses to albums on the 1001 list.
My conclusion? That I’m inevitably going to feel that way about over two thirds of the albums on this list; the majority of the records will be decent, but not necessarily life-changing.
I’m not convinced Fuzzy will be one of those exceptionally rare albums (one of the 0.3%) falling beyond the ‘Magical‘ extreme.
However, after months of listening, I’d likely rank this album as better than Really Good.
Meaning, at worst, it would be approaching Stellar, and at best, fall just shy of Magical.
Which are probably loftier adjectives than what most viewers throw around when describing Hot Tub Time Machine.
Verbalize the Positive
I appreciate how Bruce @ VinylConnection hosted the Film Soundtrack Festival over the past two weeks, a fine community-building event. And more personally, I appreciate how he also correctly noted that the 1001 list doesn’t actually represent a random sample, thus making my above graph inherently flawed. That kind of music+math nerdiness is always encouraged ’round here 😀