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im just gonna get them both out of the way right at the jump. yes, the 1990s ALABAMA ALTERNATIVE ROCK band's sole hit, of sorts, was "SAVE ME" which became the SOARING theme song to the 2000s WB SUPERMAN teen-drama SMALLVILLE. yes, the singer and main songwriter CINJUN TATE was formerly married to actress ALYSSA MILANO. for me those are distinctively the least INTERESTING aspects of the former band REMY ZERO.
i believe i became aware of the band in high school during my sophomore year through the school's radio station. VILLA ELAINE (GEFFEN, 1998) was floating around somewhere in their, whether it was a station copy or another DJ i dont remember but i was just taken with TATE's ability to lift a chorus into the stratosphere and then bring things DOWN-TO-EARTH with almost CLAUSTROPHOBIC INTIMACY in the verses. much like other more traditionally-aligned POP inspired ALTERNATIVE ROCK songwriters from around that period like STEPHAN JENKINS (THIRD EYE BLIND), MAX COLLINS (EVE 6), JIM ADKINS (JIMMY EAT WORLD) or ART ALEXAKIS (EVERCLEAR), i felt TATE was a unique songwriter with a firm grasp over the EMOTIONAL dynamics of a track. its almost akin to RELIGIOUS music aimed at sonically mimicking an experience of the SUBLIME sans the christianity.
if you are unfamiliar with the group, definitely check out VILLA ELAINE or their likewise EXCELLENT final album, THE GOLDEN HUM (ELEKTRA, 2001).