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I've been writing about music for around four years now and, although I don't make a living from it, it brings me real pleasure.

 

I've had a series on band's/artist's recorded output published regularly across two specialist magazines, and for the current one I've selected Giant as the subject.

 

To say the band is criminally underrated is the understatement of the millennium, but for those of us that love their work (and especially the first two albums) their music is nothing short of biblically brilliant.

 

Due to the brevity of Giant's back catalogue I've required extra content to complete the piece, and so I decided to reach out to members of the band - both original and replacement - along with their original producer, for their reflections.

 

In total I've contacted six individuals to request a brief interview since last December. Not one has got back to me.

 

That, of course, is entirely their prerogative: they don't owe me anything.

 

I really shouldn't be taking this personally, my logical self knows this, but I am.

 

I do think it's a recognized irony of the information age that the more communication methods there are, the less likely we are to receive a response...

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I do think it's a recognized irony of the information age that the more communication methods there are, the less likely we are to receive a response...

Wholly shit! Yes. It makes no sense to me. That said, I am, admittedly, terrible at responding to e-mail. ;}

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Or maybe they just dont want to talk about 2 albums which are getting on for 30 years old. ;)

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Or maybe they just dont want to talk about 2 albums which are getting on for 30 years old. ;)

...hence, making them less recognised

Hes probably far more interested in talking about this -

 

For his work as a producer in the country music genre he has won several awards including the Musician of the Year award in 2001, 2004, and 2016 at the Country Music Association Awards and the Producer of the Year award in 2006 and 2009 at the Academy of Country Music.

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Or maybe they just dont want to talk about 2 albums which are getting on for 30 years old. ;)

...hence, making them less recognised
Hes probably far more interested in talking about this -

 

For his work as a producer in the country music genre he has won several awards including the Musician of the Year award in 2001, 2004, and 2016 at the Country Music Association Awards and the Producer of the Year award in 2006 and 2009 at the Academy of Country Music.

This only makes sense of he only played on albums in 2001, 2004, and 2016. Who in the Cuntry world could possibly be better than him??

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Dann Huff did a masterful job on some of those country women discs in the late 90's/early 00's.

 

Giant should have been HUGE.

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On the positive side, maybe Dann is way too busy to respond and he got some huge producing job to do.

I think Giant ought to do one good come back album though, last one is 2010, not too ancient, maybe another one next year or two should be awesome :)

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On the positive side, maybe Dann is way too busy to respond and he got some huge producing job to do.

I think Giant ought to do one good come back album though, last one is 2010, not too ancient, maybe another one next year or two should be awesome :)

But Giant without Dann Huff is hardly Giant. Losing the lead singer is one thing. Losing the lead guitarist is another thing. Losing the lead songwriter is the whole band.

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On the positive side, maybe Dann is way too busy to respond and he got some huge producing job to do.

I think Giant ought to do one good come back album though, last one is 2010, not too ancient, maybe another one next year or two should be awesome :)

But Giant without Dann Huff is hardly Giant. Losing the lead singer is one thing. Losing the lead guitarist is another thing. Losing the lead songwriter is the whole band.
Well he did contribute to the songwriting as did a number of others known for quality and the album is pretty good (not that ive played it since release!).

 

But without Dan it isnt really Giant.

 

But lets not kid ourselves - him being involved again is just not gonna happen.

 

God know how many times Firefest tried to get Giant reformed for a gig - answer - no way jose

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On the positive side, maybe Dann is way too busy to respond and he got some huge producing job to do.

I think Giant ought to do one good come back album though, last one is 2010, not too ancient, maybe another one next year or two should be awesome :)

But Giant without Dann Huff is hardly Giant. Losing the lead singer is one thing. Losing the lead guitarist is another thing. Losing the lead songwriter is the whole band.
Well he did contribute to the songwriting as did a number of others known for quality and the album is pretty good (not that ive played it since release!).

Yeah, actually I think I knew that, but still losing any two of those three will altogether result in different sound.

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This is all very sad indeed but let's not forget its 2017 and I'm guessing this was another life for them....And for the 284 of us that still give a shit to read about them today....Well he probably thinks we should have moved on as well....

Oranges just too busy ;)

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'Promise Land' was a good album, but in no single way shape or form was that Giant. Especially with a vocalist as well known for other things as Brock, it just becomes another Brock project.

 

If you call that Giant, Nightrain, and want more, you need look no further than last year's Roth/Brock album.

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'Promise Land' was a good album, but in no single way shape or form was that Giant. Especially with a vocalist as well known for other things as Brock, it just becomes another Brock project.

 

If you call that Giant, Nightrain, and want more, you need look no further than last year's Roth/Brock album.

Spot on. Promise land was basically roth/brock. He even wrote for it too.

 

Although promise land is slightly more polished

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I think Giant's legacy is being neglected. Those first two albums have never had the full 'bells and whistles' reissue treatment that they deserve: remastered, lavish packaging, demos, alternate versions etc.

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I think I would be disillusioned as well.

 

Don't care how cool or not you may think you are, that period in time was an integral part of your "career" and to ignore someone paying homage to something you created is just being a bad person. I can not imagine that the inbox is overflowing (other than maybe sexy Russian singles or penis enhancement creams) and to take 22 seconds to reply "glad to get your message but blah blah blah" or "way to busy" or " piss off I hate Giant" or whatever, doesn't seem like a great effort.

 

As for the records the first was very nice indeed can't recall spinning number 2 as frequently as the first or without looking the album up pull a song or two to the forefront of my memory...

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I think I would be disillusioned as well.

 

Don't care how cool or not you may think you are, that period in time was an integral part of your "career" and to ignore someone paying homage to something you created is just being a bad person. I can not imagine that the inbox is overflowing (other than maybe sexy Russian singles or penis enhancement creams) and to take 22 seconds to reply "glad to get your message but blah blah blah" or "way to busy" or " piss off I hate Giant" or whatever, doesn't seem like a great effort.

 

As for the records the first was very nice indeed can't recall spinning number 2 as frequently as the first or without looking the album up pull a song or two to the forefront of my memory...

 

Agree 100%. As I have been tracking down some local bands here in Baltimore, some of them don't reply and if they do, they have an attitude and don't want to talk about being in a hair band.

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This probably sums it up -

 

"Giant came and went quickly. Pearl Jam came along, and that was it! We moved back to Nashville," Huff reflects to Rolling Stone Country. "I was a horrible frontman. I hadn't been born to be that. So I just jumped back into what I knew, which was playing sessions. In the changing face of country music, it was perfect."

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Full article :

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/producer-profile-dann-huff-20140611

 

Personally i would say the inbox IS full.

That article is 3 years old, makes one wonder how "full" the inbox really is...

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Full article :

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/producer-profile-dann-huff-20140611

 

Personally i would say the inbox IS full.

That article is 3 years old, makes one wonder how "full" the inbox really is...

Well he won country music musician of the year in 2016, so pretty full i reckon ;)

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I think I would be disillusioned as well.

 

Don't care how cool or not you may think you are, that period in time was an integral part of your "career" and to ignore someone paying homage to something you created is just being a bad person. I can not imagine that the inbox is overflowing (other than maybe sexy Russian singles or penis enhancement creams) and to take 22 seconds to reply "glad to get your message but blah blah blah" or "way to busy" or " piss off I hate Giant" or whatever, doesn't seem like a great effort.

 

As for the records the first was very nice indeed can't recall spinning number 2 as frequently as the first or without looking the album up pull a song or two to the forefront of my memory...

That ''Piss off I hate Giant'' part had me laughing hard :D

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This probably sums it up -

 

"Giant came and went quickly. Pearl Jam came along, and that was it! We moved back to Nashville," Huff reflects to Rolling Stone Country. "I was a horrible frontman. I hadn't been born to be that. So I just jumped back into what I knew, which was playing sessions. In the changing face of country music, it was perfect."

 

I do like that sort of candidness. I can appreciate that. I never saw them live, obviously, but on record, shit frontman or not, the dude did a better job that a gigantic percentage of his peers.

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This probably sums it up -

 

"Giant came and went quickly. Pearl Jam came along, and that was it! We moved back to Nashville," Huff reflects to Rolling Stone Country. "I was a horrible frontman. I hadn't been born to be that. So I just jumped back into what I knew, which was playing sessions. In the changing face of country music, it was perfect."

I do like that sort of candidness. I can appreciate that. I never saw them live, obviously, but on record, shit frontman or not, the dude did a better job that a gigantic percentage of his peers.

I did. Its a ridiculous comment.

 

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