Forgotten Songs of the ‘90s: Fighting Gravity
This is going to be more of a personal preference but that’s alright because I’m the one updating this blog. Fighting Gravity are probably one of the best known, least known bands to break out of Virginia in the late ‘90s. The band were one of the biggest concert attractions in the city of Richmond and grew a devoted fan base that got so big they had a seven page article in Rolling Stone before they’d even signed with a major label. Once that happened with Mercury Records in 1997, the band released You and Everybody Else in 1998 and launched the album with “Wait for You.”
The song, produced by Cracker’s David Lowery, is a great pop song that deserved to be bigger but wasn’t. Led by frontman Schiavone McGee, the band immediately launch into a perfect blend of harmony and melody that explodes into an instantly memorable chorus. This method was always one of the band’s biggest trademarks and while always capable of writing great pop songs, this one is without a doubt, their best. Although some people could just as easily add this song to the list of alterna-pop love songs, this one is special because of the harmony and the sincerity contained within.
The only negative thing about the song though is the fact that it’s a little long and the fadeout takes forever but it serves to keep the song in the listener’s head. When the album came out, a lot of people in Virginia reacted negatively towards it because the majority of tracks on the album had already been recorded by the band on previous indie records and as a result of the backlash, the album stiffed, the band got dropped and went back to playing the East Coast club scene until an acrimonious breakup in 2006. But while the band may not be on speaking terms, the songs still exist and hopefully, other people will get a chance to discover what people in Virginia have known about for quite a while.
NOTE: I have tried to upload this song but there have been many errors so enjoy this sample from ilike.com