Jellyfish's Bellybutton

A lost power-pop gem

Bellybutton
JELLYFISH

(Virgin)

Bellybutton was lightning in a bottle, the product of an ill-fated band that put out a power-pop classic at precisely the wrong time. While the grunge movement was beginning to make waves in Seattle, San Francisco's Jellyfish delivered a compendium of tunes about as perky and grabby as any pop-o-phile could possibly ask for. And it wasn't just mere confection, either — the irrepressibly sunny tunes ("Baby's Coming Back") were balanced by moments of brooding ("The Man I Used to Be") and stomping vigor ("The King Is Half-Undressed"). The perfection was fleeting; Bellybutton's mediocre sales and the subsequent inner-band squabbles caused Jellyfish to pack it in after 1993's lush but comparatively substandard Spilt Milk.

Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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