Bettie Serveert – Ray Ray Rain

I’ve always had a huge soft spot for Bettie Serveert, who put out some very good records in the early/mid 90s. Pick up Lamprey and see if you can put it down. Dust Bunnies and Palomine are equally charming.

Critics say that the band never lived up to it’s debut, but I think that most of the music biz had moved on from good bands with girls fronting them. I remember how frustrating it was that the best rock records came out from Liz Phair, Luscious Jackson, and Juliana Hatfield and no one wanted to play them anymore.

Singer Carol van Dyk gets extra high marks for being born in Vancouver, BC, then becoming part of one of a handful of Dutch bands to break out internationally.