The Very Best Things (1995 - 2008)
When I saw this greatest hits collection I was bemused, mainly because I couldn’t think of more than 3 songs at a push.
I remember seeing Filter as the support act to Smashing Pumpkins on the Mellon Collie tour and at the tender age of 15 the bass drum nearly made my ribcage collapse. I also know that the main man of the operation; Richard Patrick, is the brother of the T1000 in Terminator 2. These are the things I think of when the name Filter comes up….not the songs.
The one song I do remember is “Take A Picture” - the soppy hit - probably used in every romantic comedy that summer.
That was then. I stopped talking with Filter in the year 2000 - I imagine most people in the UK did as well. So listening to this collection is a huge trip down memory lane for me…oh yeah, the song off the Spawn soundtrack; “(Can’t You) Trip Like You Do”, the song off Cable Guy; “Hey Man Nice Shot”. The rest? It’s alright. Their cover of Three Dog Night’s “One (is the Loneliest Number)” is so far from the original that I forget what the original sounds like and just think I am listening to Filter again. Nice try…no cigar.
”Where Do You Go From Here” and “The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)” revisited nearly 8 years later, I come to the realisation that these guys must be huge in America. Could have been huge over here had they been targeted to a more mainstream audience.
To prove to myself that I’m still hip with the kids (I know what Screamo Crunk is!), I looked on their wikipedia page - they played for the U.S. Army in Kuwait as part of Operation:Myspace (I shit you not!) along with Jessica Simpson, Disturbed and The Pussycat Dolls. They played with an ex-member who is now a Sergeant and rocked out the armed audience with their hit “Hey Man Nice Shot”….nice.
So I am wondering who is going to rush to the shops to buy a greatest hits collection from a band that probably won’t register to anyone that wasn’t between the ages of 15-18 around the early 00’s. It’s not even Greatest Hits season.
Filter are OK, but more of a reminiscence of songs you’ve forgotten about, that are…OK. One of those “play once and file” albums.
I also see that they have been touring as support for Papa Roach - gentlemen, your time is up. Thanks for the music.