The band tried shopping the album to new labels, and in the midst of this process Danny Goldberg—Nirvana's manager, who had just taken over Atlantic's new alternative department—contacted the band and begged them to come back, forgiving the substantial debt racked up by their previous two albums and promising that things would be different going forward. He ended up convincing the group, who rerecorded those songs I couldn't get out of my head with producer Jim Rondinelli—the results were released in 1993 as El Moodio. At first I was disappointed because I was so sweet on the raw, driving predecessor, but I grew to love El Moodio—a true masterpiece. Unfortunately, most of Goldberg's promises of support went nowhere and what should have catapulted EDD to at least moderate stardom (this was the immediate post-Nirvana era) kind of drifted into the ether. Touring in support of the record was the quartet's final push to make a career from music full-time. They've obviously continued to make great records and play shows, but on a much more modest scale.
On May 14 Comedy Minus One will release those original recordings made with Wood on limited edition vinyl and unlimited download. New Moodio, as it's been recently titled, sounds just as good as I remember it and I'm very happy to have both versions side by side. Today's 12 O'Clock Track would almost be a world premiere, but a few of the songs from those sessions were released as a 3-track single by the German label City Slang in 1992 as Two Sweeties. But considering how few people ever heard the song "Sunflower," which didn't turn up on El Moodio, it may as well be. It's one of the most furious songs in the band's catalog, with manically searing guitar. I envy those of you hearing if for the first time.