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: