I missed most of the late 1990s Elephant 6 hullabaloo, having heard a couple of the bands in question. I dismissed some (Neutral Milk Hotel – gawd), sorta liked others (Olivia Tremor Control) and couldn’t be bothered to seek out the rest. That’s how I missed THE MINDERS, which is a goddamn shame. This Denver band were present at the creation of this mythical collective, and from what I’ve heard so far, their Big Star/Beatles/GBV-style pop was head and shoulders above the rest of the crew. You can hear for yourself here, on “Chatty Patty” from their posthumous Cul-de-Sacs and Dead Ends collection.