October 4 — “Dolphin Expressway” by Air Miami

Air Miami

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Dolphin Expressway” by Air Miami (1995, from the album Me, Me, Me).

Air Miami was a DC-area indie pop band that emerged from the ashes of the brilliant and highly influential indie band Unrest. When Unrest sadly called it quits, two-thirds of the band (guitar/singer Mark Robinson and bassist Bridget Cross) formed Air Miami. A short while later, they were joined by a drummer and another guitar player. A self-released 7″ records, and a couple of short-form albums later, they released a proper album in the autumn of 1995. Me, Me, Me was jointly released by Mark’s own label Teenbeat Records and also by the dream-pop/shoegaze -centric label 4AD Records. This was, incidentally, the same setup that Unrest had on the epic Unrest album Perfect Teeth. It was their only proper album before Mark and Bridget moved on to other, separate things.

While it never got the notoriety that Unrest got, Air Miami was a lot of fun while it lasted. They had a moderately successful “hit” with the song “World Cup Fever”, which was presumably written in the summer of 1994, when he FIFA World Cup was held in the United States. People from all walks of life who never knew the first thing about soccer were suddenly fanatical about it. It was like Olympic Fever, but much bigger, and more ridiculous. After the World Cup was over, 90% of America went back to hating soccer. The song was remixed and re-released in time for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

My favorite song on the album, however, has always been “Dolphin Expressway”. This is that song:
“Dolphin Expressway” by Air Miami

I like the fuzz of the guitar. I like the co-ed vocals. I love the shoegaze-y sound. The rest of the record isn’t shoegaze-y like this, and in fact there are quite a few different genres that the songs might fall into, but this one is what it is. The album was recorded, mixed and produced by Guy Fixsen, who did a lot of the production for My Bloody Valentine. He was also in the band Laika.

I also like the “Bah bah. Bah bah” backing vocal from Bridget at the end of the song. Like an alarm going off.

I’m running short on time this evening, so that’s all you get.

Unfortunately, Me, Me, Me is out of print, so you can’t order directly from TeenBeat. However, “new” copies are still available at amazon here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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