#63 – Strung Out – Ultimate Devotion
Fuck yea, Strung Out.
These guys were part of a group of bands I mostly got into at the same time. They included Strung Out, No Use for a Name, Good Riddance, The Ataris, AFI and Gob. With the exception of AFI, which veered towards hard-core, they all mostly played the same kind of music. I loved one, I loved them all.
Strung Out is probably the only one, maybe along with Good Riddance, that I could never really call my favorite at any one time. I’d go through phases where one of the other bands dominated my earholes and while Strung Out came close, I never thought of them the way I did NUFAN or The Ataris.
That isn’t to say they aren’t a phenomenal band that made amazing music. Twisted By Design remains one of my all time favorite albums and at least three songs from it could make this list.
Ultimate Devotion is the fastest love song on this list. Maybe it’s the fastest, darkest sounding love song I’ve ever heard. It starts at 80 mph and stays there. The uniqueness has made it a constant go-to when I want something emo without the sappy, slowness that usually comes with it.
More Strung Out to come.