The Embarrassment – non-embarrassing treasure from Wichita, Kansas

If you’re not familiar with The Embarrassment, you’ve been missing out. And lots of people are missing out. A friend introduced me to them a few years ago and ever since, their songs have been standards for me. The band was from Wichita, Kansas, and was around from 1979 to 1983, with a reunion in the late ’80s. The Embos, as they’re sometimes called, have what I think of as the classic postpunk sound – good bass and lots of rhythm guitar. The songs are catchy and often quite witty. The nearest comparison for me would be the Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime album. There are a number of videos on Youtube that give you an idea what they’re like, but the sound quality varies. If you like it, you probably should track down an album, however you do that. The one I have is a collection called Heyday. It has 42 songs, which if it isn’t everything they put out, is probably enough for most folks.

Here are a few videos that do them at least partial justice:



Filed under classic postpunk, indie, indie pop, indie rock, one you might've missed, postpunk

2 responses to “The Embarrassment – non-embarrassing treasure from Wichita, Kansas

  1. Michael Dill

    Thanks for the article. “Heyday” is still in print and available from both Amazon and iTunes. There is also an album of live and bootleg takes called “Blister Pop” which can be had from MyPalGod records. While the sound quality is less than stellar, it contains several tracks of songs not available on “Heyday”.
    It is worth noting that Bill Goffrier, guitarist, went on to form Big Dipper (1987-91) with former Volcano Sun Gary Wailek. Big Dipper is also available with “Super Cluster” on Merge Records and “Slam” on Epic. There are current plans for a new cd by Big Dipper
    Drummer “Woody” Geissman became drummer for Boston based Del Fuegos.
    One of the most amazing things about the “Embos” is that even today, 27 years after the bands demise, their music sounds as fresh as if it had been recorded this morning.

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