Song In My Head #62: “Violet Intertwine” by Jupiter Sun

When the topic of San Jose-based bands comes up, most people (understandably) mention ’60s garage legends The Count Five. However, I also have affection for the early-’90s indiepop act Jupiter Sun, which released a handful of charming records. “Violet Intertwine” appears on no fewer than three releases: the 1992 Slumberland compilation Why Popstars Can’t Dance, the band’s 1994 self-titled EP, and the 1996 full-length CD Atmosphere on Parasol. Jupiter Sun often added unusual instruments (including the glockenspiel!) to their arrangements, and their unpretentious style made for fun live performances. (I remember a lunchtime gig at Stanford’s White Plaza in the mid-’90s.) Shimmering guitars and lovely harmonies were always a given. Enjoy!


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