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Buffalo Tom



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Out of print for years, Beggars Arkive is excited to present a 30-year anniversary colored vinyl LP reissue of Buffalo Tom's epic second album, Birdbrain. Buffalo Tom (Bill Janovitz, Chris Colbourn, and Tom Maginnis) formed at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1984 - a breeding ground of post-punk guitar bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Pixies. Initially offering a raw, propulsive sound that emphasized Janovitz's imposing guitar squall on such early releases as 1989's Buffalo Tom and 1990's Birdbrain, Buffalo Tom's early approach gave way to a more melodic, yet no less distinctive, style on 1992's Let Me Come Over (including the hit ballad "Taillights Fade"), 1993's Big Red Letter Day (including the hit "Soda Jerk"), and 1995's Sleepy Eyed. Their friendship with J Mascis helped the band's career take off by assisting with the production on the band's first two albums. Since Birdbrain's release 30 years ago, many songs from it have become live favorites including the lofty title track and "Enemy."



  • A1: Birdbrain (3:13)
  • A2: Skeleton Key (4:35)
  • A3: Caress (2:41)
  • A4: Guy Who Is Me (3:04)
  • A5: Enemy (4:53)
  • B1: Crawl (3:53)
  • B2: Fortune Teller (3:16)
  • B3: Baby (3:32)
  • B4: Directive (4:01)
  • B5: Bleeding Heart (3:11)

Genres & Styles

Genres: Rock
Styles: Alternative Rock

Other Information

Hype Sticker:
30th Anniversary Limited Edition featuring mint green colored vinyl.

Published by Scrawny Music and licensed from Megadisc Records, Belgium.
℗ 1990 Megadisc Records
© 2020 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.

Runouts are laser-etched.

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* Audio and tracklist in this preview may differ from the vinyl record. See tracklist for the vinyl record above.