BEST KISSERS IN THE WORLD Been There cd 1993
She Won't Get Under Me Till I Get Over You / Bleeder / Kick Between The Knees / Miss Teen U.S.A. / Four Letter Name For Lame / Waltzing / Goddamn / Present At Your Party / Bitch Can't Sing / Bad About The Fact / Letter From You / You Love Sleepin' / Pickin' Flowers For*.
* Produced by C. Shaw & all the other songs by J. Hanlon.
Best Kissers In The World: D. Swafford: bass & backing vocals / T. Arnold: drums & percussion / J. Stone: lead guitar & mocha back / G. Collier: vocals, guitar & piano.
Led by California-born, Michigan-raised and Phoenix resident singer-guitarist Gerald Collier, this snappily monickered band started off as a beautifully scrawny fusion of Cheap Trick/Replacements pop brawn, but quickly lost inspiration, degenerating into tepid riffs and tired melodies. By then based in Seattle, the quartet made its debut with a 7-inch ("Take Me Home," which brilliantly lifts the riff from the untitled live fragment at the end of Cheap Trick's Heaven Tonight LP) and "Best Kissers In The World" five-track Sub Pop EP that show the Kissers at their best. Produced by the Posies' Jonathan Auer, snotty attitude and power-poparama are driven to the fore, peaking on the awesome "Workin' on Donita" and ending with the jokey country lament "Hungover Together" (a duet with Hammerbox/Goodness singer Carrie Akre).
The five-song "Puddin'" retains the spirit but loses the irresistible hooks; "Been There" 's title tells all. The band recorded a slightly better album called "Yellow Brick Roadkill" that disappeared from MCA's release schedule early in '96.TrouserPress
Best Kissers in the World are a Seattle-based rock quartet.They released a self-titled EP through Sub Pop in 1991 before inking a deal with MCA. Two albums were then issued in 1993, "Puddin' " and the band's sole full-length, "Been There". The latter record spawned the single "Miss Teen U.S.A.," which found some airplay on college radio. Best Kissers in the World disbanded in 1995 and G. Collier went on to release albums a lot of fine albums under his own name (check it here!).
"On their major label debut, Best Kissers In The World continue their guitar rock assault, letting noisy guitars dominate the tracks, but giving each track a simple, attractive melody. And, since they have a better sense of humor ("She Won't Get Under Me Till I Get Over You" is the lead-off track), the listener is invited to pay attention to the lyrics. That also threatens to make them seem lightweight in competition with their peers, but that's okay: things in Seattle have been way too serious lately anyway. (The junk culture anthem "Miss Teen U.S.A." earned college radio play.)" Allmusic