Sunday? Check. In the mood for some music? Check. NeverMindTheBuzzkills in the house? Check. Well then: play that funky music, white boy iTunes
Now there is a good piece of advice: “People should smile more.” Yes they should. In general. Smile more. That advice, by the way, ranks a good deal above “smile like you mean it” (The Killers, off the album Hot Fuss, 2004) and only slightly below “Smile… It Confuses People” (debut album of Sandi Thom, 2006). But sometimes Our Lady Peace are correct, too, with a not quite so friendly, well, advice, off their 2005 album Healthy In Paranoid Times: “wipe that smile off your face.”
And here is another song from which we can learn a valuable life lesson: “the leaver leaves, the stayer stays.” Uhm, yes. Is that the same as the theory that in humans there are dumpers and dumpees? Or maybe it is about the etiquette at the end of a relationship. After all, it would be kind of rude to say, “So, I was thinking. We really should break up. I took the liberty to pack your suitcase. You know where the door is.” OR: Is it about the fact that in relationships you have people who are happy with the way things are and people who want things to evolve? Okay, so I have no idea which one it is. Go ask Shim Moore. All I can tell you is that this is yet another kick-ass song by Sick Puppies and that I am looking forward to the next album. Which, I believe, will come to us later this year.
One of the best soundtrack albums out there? Correct, Queen’s A Kind Of Magic, which doubles as the band’s 12th studio album and the soundtrack to Highlander (1986). Sort of. And, among several good tunes, Who Wants To Live Forever is really a standout track. And Breaking Benjamin really do it justice on the Queen tribute album. As did the German rave/techno formation Dune in 1996 in a lucky very un-rave-y and un-techno-y version.
On a slightly different note, am I the only one who believes that Hollywood will reconsider the whole Highlander series, what with reboots and remakes being thrown around left and right?
Anyone remember Babylon Zoo? Yes, did that tune out again if you have it. You probably haven’t heard it since 1996. But back then it was a genuine no.1 hit. And the only one for the British, well, what kind of band was Babylon Zoo? I don’t remember ever hearing a second song. Not that we’re in grave danger of ever hearing from them again. Defunct for over ten years (yes, they actually had a second album in 1999), I’d say the chances of a reunion are extremely slim. And the chances of anyone noticing, should they ever reunite, are about as good/bad. And still it’s a cool song.
I was actually cross-listening through my Beatles collection a few days ago and, honestly folks, it needs to be said: They’ve done a whole lot of crap. Sure, sure, legendary band, amazing legacy, there-will-never-be-a-band-like-them-again, a whole slew of fantastic song. Still, they have put a whole lot of shit on records and got away with it. And, while undoubtedly iconic, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (the song) really isn’t one of their better ones. Even if you look at the album itself, it’s no Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds or With A Little Help From My Friends. Then again, it’s not as shit as Revolution 9. I mean that’s so bad it could be on a Yoko Ono album.
Talking about shitty music. Kesha. Yep, It’s really bad when the parody/spoof of your song is better than the actual song. Now, there may be one or two (million) people who might disagree with me here. But since when did I ever give a crap about that? I’ll take the gadet-themed parody by iJustine aka Justine Ezeriak over the original any day. It’s funny and it sounds better. The only time I ever enjoyed Kesha was on the track Right Round off the Flo Rida album R.O.O.T.S. (2009), which heavily benefitted from the fact that you can hear her for only about 5 seconds at a time in the chorus.
(Listening to while finishing this blog entry: Tik Tok by iJustine)