Saturday, October 27, 2007

Waxing Nostaligic - Song Wars edition

By Libby

You know I really try to understand popular music today but I just don't get the attraction. I found this New Pornographers video today at Eschaton, (no link he doesn't need the traffic), and I liked the lyrics but the band has no musicality. This is the new hot Canadian band? The great sensation? I don't know, I listen to these groups and they play the same four chords over and over. You watch them play and it looks like group masturbation to me. This song in particular is so derivative. I mean listen to it and tell me that's not just a slight rearrangement of that Beatles song. I forget how it goes exactly but it's something like: Fallin', yes I am fallin' and you keep callin', me back again.

Which is not to say I think all contemporary groups are so unoriginal. Take my friend Chris Collingwood's band. They at least don't totally strum and I guess I'm biased, because I adore Chris and his lovely wife, but I think they are way better than that new Canadian sensation.

Fountains of Wayne - Someone To Love (hi)

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This is their slick new vid. More representative of Chris's work as I remember it is this one.


But this is still his more commercial stuff. When I met him, I had no idea he was in a famous band. Nobody was more surprised than me to see him at the Grammys. I thought he was just a Gay Potato. I wish they had some videos of the fabulous shows they used to do at Bar 19. That was a great band.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

the best canadian band is canned ham. i saw them opening for anti comedy comedian neil hamburger. they did a straight ahead cover of "shortnin bread" to a shitty backing track. It was totally surreal.

9:55:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'll have to look for them. I'd love to find some contemporary musicians I like.

10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

here's a band I like

http://www.paperthinwalls.com/singlefile/item?id=382

most of their stuff is more laid back, but some of it is quite spirited. this is in the 'spirited" catagory and is some sort of scottish war chant or something.

10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks. I'll check them out when I get back from the doctor.

10:55:00 AM  

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