Take Flop, for example. If you didn't know better, you might think this Seattle quartet chose its moniker as an ironic comment on failure, like the way Led Zeppelin's name derived from Keith Moon's jest that the band would go over like a lead balloon.
Not that the name has held the band back. Although Flop's sound is too idiosyncratic to be lumped in with what most people think of as "the Seattle sound," its sure-footed melodic sense and crunchy, clangorous guitar work give the band's current album, "Whenever You're Ready," the kind of edgy, hook-a-minute charm commonly associated with the Buzzcocks.
Is Flop a hit? Listen to excerrpts from "whenever You're Ready and decidefor yourself by calling Sundial. The Sun's telephone information service.