Can't Fight The Seether

Veruca Salt's hardcore attitude in this week's Forgotten Video
  • Veruca Salt in "Seether"
August 12, 2010 -- 3:54 pm PDT

Welcome to Forgotten Videos. Well, for some forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or, we'll be giving a fresh look at a video that deserves to be collecting dust. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

Veruca Salt

It was in 1994 when grunge saw one of its first female-fronted outfits hit the scene with the release of American Thighs featuring "Seether" and the stringy-haired, fierce vocals of Nina Gordon and Louise Post. It's almost hard to believe Gordon and Post started as two folk-singing coffeehouse troubadours before adding bassist Steve Lack and drummer Jim Shapiro to record a song that would likely never be heard in a coffeehouse. (It's also hard to believe they didn't name the band Violet Beauregarde.) "Seether" became a hit on MTV and landed the band a spot on tour with the always unpredictable Courtney Love and Hole. Though Veruca Salt was criticized by some as too pop to be grunge, American Thighs went gold and in 1997 the group traded ripped jeans and Dr. Martens for heavy metal chic when they released "Volcano Girls" off Eight Arms To Hold You. Unfortunately, as there were no cat fights or doll-eating humans in this video, it wasn't met with the same success. Gordon and Post eventually had a cat fight of their own and parted ways in 1998.

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