Monday, April 28, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I don't know where I got this song from, but I found it on my mp3 player last night and became instantly obsessed. The song itself (which has a female singer, not apparent in this photo) is really great, early 90s dance-pop with a blissful yet melancholy summery feel, but it's the metaphor-filled lyrics that I love most, especially the opening line "Sometimes days seem to move just like a big fat man". They're from New Zealand, so now I've posted 2 acts from NZ in a month, after never having posted one before. The cruise control metaphor will certainly appeal to Crystal, of the newly-reopened Love Pavilion
. The video
takes it a bit far though, simply being the band in a car! This single was released in 1991, but it wasn't until 1994 they had their biggest success, a song called George
, which is rockier and explains how Headless Chickens came to be a major inspiration for Garbage.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Gotye (aka Belgian-born Aussie Wouter DeBacker) was voted
by Australian/NZ bloggers their favourite local act of 2007, but I listened to the songs on his MySpace and was utterly bored... until I heard this one, a complete contrast in style to the rest. While they are mid-tempo somewhat spooky indie-electro, this is upbeat, really fun and convincing Motown-style pop - think Jamie Lidell or Gnarls Barkley, but only their best songs. It actually samples the drums from Be My Baby by the Ronettes. Apparently this song was a small hit in 2006 in Australia, so I hope its fans weren't too disappointed by Gotye's other work. Pop traditionalists will be pleased to see this song is exactly 3 minutes long, making me think it was the attempt of an otherwise serious act to show off how easy it is to make a good pop song, so it's a little unfortunate if that is the case that he succeeded, although I'm sure he did not really make something so intricately catchy as this with ease.