Folk Implosion

Indie rock fans are probably inclined to think of the Folk Implosion as the most prominent of Lou Barlow's many side projects from the influential indie band Sebadoh. But the reason for that prominence -- a left-field mainstream pop hit -- means that that description doesn't really reflect the general public's perception of the band. With partner John Davis, Barlow -- the king of lo-fi basement recording, usually noted for his sensitive introspection -- crafted a sexy, sinuous, electronic-tinged groove called "Natural One," which appeared in the controversial art-house shocker Kids (or, rather, on the soundtrack album; it wasn't even in the actual film). Considering those origins, "Natural One" must certainly rank as one of the unlikeliest Top 40 hits ever, yet its pop hooks and relatively bright production made it perhaps the most radio-friendly item in Barlow's catalog, and it brought the Folk Implosion to a much wider audience, a great many of whom had never even heard of Sebadoh. However, Barlow and Davis were never able to duplicate that level of mainstream exposure, perhaps because the success of "Natural One" was an enormous fluke, or perhaps because they didn't explore its sound further until the initial enthusiasm over the song had faded.