After Stumpy Joe disbanded, John Ramberg formed The Model Rockets and released their first album, Hilux in 1993. The Model Rockets kept the spirit of power-pop alive with a touch of roots flavour. Produced by Scott McCaughey, their sound is not unlike the Fellows or the Fastbacks, this music is catchy and they have kept the spirit of power-pop alive with a touch of roots flavour, it's a brilliant debut! As a matter of fact, all The Model Rockets albums are amazing if you can track them down. They even released a live album recorded and (I'm guessing) only released in Spain. The good news is the band reunited for a show at the Tractor Tavern (opening for YFF's) in Seattle, July 4, 2008.
Hilux has been long out of print and it was one of those records I had been trying to hunt down throughout the 90's, until someone burned me a copy about 5 years ago. I've just found out it is now available as a limited edition 2008 reissue, though it seems it might be a burned CD-R, but you can buy it here. I highly recommend anything by The Model Rockets, another extremely underrated Seattle band lost in the shuffle when grunge became popular. Enjoy!!
THE MODEL ROCKETS Hilux (1993) 1. New Cinnamon Girl 2. Ditched At The Grand Illusion 3. Hitchhiker Jane 4. Queen Bee 5. Johnson's Plumbing Supply 6. Behind The Door 7. Untitled Transitional Instrumental 8. Daredevil Girl 9. Never New How 10. Carolyn 11. Cheerleader 12. Shapeshifter 13. Year Of the Sofa