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bonnie bella

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Hi there all and sundry.

This week is devoted to songs with absolutely stupid titles. Sometimes, these songs can be accompanied by absolutely stupid lyrics, whilst others are merely head-scratchers, thought provokers, or plain old non-sequiturs. 

Keeping in mind that the music industry is overflowing with mind-altering substances and oodles of creative time, here are this week's contenders.



Let's start with a band that seems to be more than a little empathetic with the good old canis lupus farmiliaris species, Be Your Own Pet, with an energetic although a rather short walk through their sound with this perfectly appropriate song, Damn Damn Leash.





The Wondermints. A fitting song this week after the sudden passing of Nicky Wonder. Please enjoy Invisible Paint. (This concept could be a very lucrative little business venture, no?) 





A hard act to follow, but nothing beats this song title. And a very very pertinent question, may I add. Reverend Horton Heat, Where in The Hell Did You Go With My Toothbrush? I've got two words for you, Rev - she's steaming!




Finally, a young up and coming indie artist making a name for himself, Gus Dapperton. This is not the only song he has with a quirky title. One of his more popular releases, Prune, You Talk Funny, which I imagine would be totally expected if you're a prune.





Be Your Own Pet - Damn Damn Leash
Wondermints - Invisible Paint
Reverend Horton Heat - Where In The Hell Did You Go With My Toothbrush?
Gus Dapperton - Prune, You Talk Funny




Enjoy as much music as you can this week. We all know how good it is for the soul.  [cool]

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bonnie -- This is an interesting theme. The first song that came to my mind is one of my favorites by Buffalo Springfield, "Flying On the Ground Is Wrong", written by Neil Young.

In the usual sense of the words, flying on the ground isn't wrong, it's impossible.

youtube.com/watch?v=MxYFZIDoCdI

Another from the same era: 

Cream -- "Cat's Squirrel" (what?)  The lyrics don't help much. They are:

Alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright

youtube.com/watch?v=kZ_mefElJf0

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Okay Bonnie, this is going to be one impossible sorting for me and of course ALL new songs and artists (save the Wondermints).  Thank you for putting them into competition, given the recent circumstance.

I have to admit that one song caught me right away, but can it hold me.  

When I start spinning class again in October - the beat music with songs that are meaningless begin to abound.  

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Voting early but not prematurely.

Gold -- Gus Dapperton -- His real name is Brendan Rice. Jaunty and jangly.  Not a fan of the haircut.

Silver -- Be Your Own Pet -- Punkish and appropriately brief. But the name of the group is dumber than the name of the song. That would be especially true if the singers were dogs.

Bronze -- The Wondermints -- Not bad, but I zoned out after a while. 

A very cheap grade of Tin -- Rev. H. Heat -- Maybe it got better in the second half. I don't know because the first half settled the issue.


Herewith a possible classification scheme for Say Whatness, with examples:

No, It Isn't:  Django Django -- "Life's A Beach"
youtube.com/watch?v=dUCXZV96l9A

Just Dumb:  Elvis Costello -- "Five Gears In Reverse" (why don't you just turn the car around?)
youtube.com/watch?v=ptnXM6rsxSY

There's Something Wrong Here: Death Cab For Cutie -- "Black Sun"
youtube.com/watch?v=hNs5my51z2w

Not Gonna Happen: Lykke Li -- "This Trumpet In My Head"
youtube.com/watch?v=x7yKk_fnJyc

Sorry, I Didn't Catch That: The Flaming Lips -- "Space Bible With, Vol. Lumps"


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Al Forsyth

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Hang a louie off the thruway - keep up with some of these lyrics:

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Well, I'm having fun (this helps explain six plus years of Philosophy).

No, It Isn't:  Beck -- "Heart Is A Drum"
youtube.com/watch?v=_6Zp84XH6Eo

Just Dumb:  Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas -- "Pride (Is Such A Little Word)" [oh? how about "is", "such" and "a", for instance?)


There's Something Wrong Here: La Luz -- "Big Big Blood"
youtube.com/watch?v=WlUiwINM5lM

Not Gonna Happen: Junior Wells -- "Two Headed Woman"
youtube.com/watch?v=xtmXqAIRgMA

Sorry, I Didn't Catch That:  R.E.M. -- "Moral Kiosk"
youtube.com/watch?v=zBADlkF4keE

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bonnie bella

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Thanks Larry and Al for your contributions. The Flaming Lips is a quirky enough name for a band, let alone some of their lyrics. Googled to find "Giving themselves the nonsensical name the Flaming Lips (its origin variously attributed to a porn film, an obscure drug reference, or a dream in which a fiery Virgin Mary plants a kiss on Wayne in the back seat of his car), the band made their live debut at a local transvestite club."  So, nothing to do with being out in the cold and wind too long.


Pink Floyd had that animal piece with the very long and unusual title, and we have a little something similar here in New Zealand:




And another from down under. "If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? (We can always stay). Complicated?



One that I considered posting this week. A beautiful tune from Wilco.


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Some Trout Mask Replica

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bonnie -- Princess Catherine (pardon me, Princess Chelsea) and the monkey both rock!

Al -- Is it time for yours truly to give Capt. Beefheart another chance?
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Combining elements of R&Bgarage rock, and blues with free jazzavant-garde approaches, and other genres of American music, the album is regarded as an important work of experimental music and art rock.

Most of the album was produced by Frank Zappa and recorded in March 1969...

Trout Mask Replica sold poorly upon its initial release in the United States, where it failed to peak in any charts. It was more successful in the United Kingdom, where it spent a week at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. In recent years, however, Trout Mask Replica has been widely regarded as the masterpiece of [Beefheart's, i.e. Don Van Vliet's] musical career, as well as an important influence on many subsequent artists. Its highly unconventional musical style, which includes polyrhythm, multi-octave vocals, and polytonality, continues to polarize audiences and has given the album a reputation as one of the most challenging recordings in the 20th century musical canon.


I love this sentence from further down in the article:
Quote:
Beefheart and the Magic Band had a history of difficult relationships with their record labels. 


More music, more music, more music...

No, It Isn't:  Jack Johnson -- "My Mind Is For Sale"
youtube.com/watch?v=Q3REipDpxNQ

Just Dumb:  The Flamingos -- "Lovers Never Say Goodbye"
youtube.com/watch?v=3ZqPQvj5_wg

There's Something Wrong Here: Surfer Blood -- "Floating Vibes"
youtube.com/watch?v=dSVzKnObPhE

Not Gonna Happen: Elliott Smith -- "Bottle Up and Explode!"
youtube.com/watch?v=skE1ghsGK2s

Sorry, I Didn't Catch That: DIIV -- "Is the Is Are"
youtube.com/watch?v=FSX7oz1yWos

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G Wondermints
S Reverend Horton Heat
B Gus Dapperton
T Be Your Own Pet

Some not entirely sensible band names too, but there are quite a lot of those around!
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Bonnie,

I bit of a ride quantifying and qualifying this week but here I go:

Gold - to the most complete piece of music here with the best playing and singing throughout:  The Wondermints  And it's only fitting this week!
Silver - to Mr. Dapperton which I liked at first listen BUT don't like the wimpy drums and the ha-ha ending BUT LOVE the bass throughout this - what it's doing and the intro!  
Bronze to the Reverend - the one with the best up-front vocal this week and the guitar.  She took his dog though.
Tin - someone has to get it and I actually like the song.  Be Your Own Pet.  The thing with garage punk is the attack of everyone at once and I wished that her vocal was more up front. 

I'll leave you now to your prunes, invisible paint and Princess Chelsea who none of us would know if it wasn't for you! 
 

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gosh, it was a battle for me between Gus and the Wondermints, amidst a flurry of ...first day of school for my 9th and 7th graders, plus football, X 3+ plus Russian math, plus piano, plus my own work, and other complications.  But ultimately, I got my order!

1. Gus, the song about the prune.   Larry's going to make me feel self-conscious about the general body type and haircut... the latter could actually look good if the side parts are a little lower.  It's called a partial fade, even white barbers know it.  This song glides along kind of like the Sundays or the Cure.  Again, despite sentimental attention to the Wondermints, It is my gold vote.

2. Wondermints.

going for that baroque Turtles** Eloise kind of song, and mostly succeeding.  But...I gave it several full through listens, and I think it adds up to less overall than Gus' song.

3.  Be Your Own Pet  Damn damn leash

Never liked the aesthetics of Converse Allstar 'chuck taylors'.  not even on the Ramones, and not on the protagonist in the new movie I'm dying to see this Saturday--I'm forcing my family!!---'Blinded by the LIght' and not on this group.  I know they're supposed to rep...working class?   but slackers who don't work wear them, right?  and they smell bad.  and the Clash or the Jam would never wear them.  And...well, Brian knew best to wear blue suede Varsity Adidas late 70's/early 80's.  

but to be fair, I've listened to so much music and live shows that sound kind of like this, so I have to admit this is above average for the genre.  Not ....WAY above average, but a little.

4. Reverend Horton Heat, shares a toothbrush with his girlfriend?   yuk.   most mediocre.  most clique'd here.  Easy 4th choice, I knew right away.

** sorry!  rushing.  Dear Eloise was the Hollies, Ellinore (sp?) was the Turtles.  both work.  too busy to defeat that spelling. 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by John B

1. Gus, the song about the prune.   Larry's going to make me feel self-conscious about the general body type and haircut... the latter could actually look good if the side parts are a little lower. 

May your side parts always be lower, John B! [smile]

No, It Isn't:  Death Cab For Cutie -- "Everything's A Ceiling"


Just Dumb:  The Fleetwoods -- "They Tell Me It's Summer"
youtube.com/watch?v=WZvtCII_JEY


There's Something Wrong Here:  Nick Lowe -- "Half a Boy and Half a Man"
youtube.com/watch?v=ZiaCYGTACHA


Not Gonna Happen:  Patsy Cline -- "I Fall To Pieces"
youtube.com/watch?v=Dgm1ENYFhtQ


Sorry, I Didn't Catch That:  Gene Vincent -- "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
youtube.com/watch?v=ZWFlLYZm0tA

Sorry, What Was That Again?  Gene Vincent -- "B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go"
youtube.com/watch?v=gMIQtg1ozgw



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Looks like I'll be echoing Al here:

GOLD -- Wondermints, Invisible Paint -- Love their retro throwbacks (is that a tack piano I hear?). Nick's passing had no influence on the high placement... I've found them very refreshing...small wonder they clicked with Brian. You're right, bonnie, we should get in the house painting business with "Invisible Paint" ("Yes, we painted your house - can't you tell?")

SILVER -- Gus Dapperton, Prune, You Talk Funny -- Uh huh, bizarre title and lyrics. Musically, it sounds something like a Foster The People demo. I agree, Larry - not sold on that acorn top hairdo...a hairdon't. However, I'd be more likely to go back to this than my Tinner.

BRONZE -- Reverend Horton Heat, Where in the Hell Did You Go with My Toothbrush -- Comical I suppose. Not sure I'd join his congregation. 

TIN -- Be Your Own Pet, Damn Damn Leash -- Rabid but mercifully sedated within 2 minutes before it gets excruciating. 

I cheated and Bing'ed, finding a list of 40 odd or stupid titles. Here's a thrasher that'll make Be Your Own Pet sound like a hootenanny....Devil Wears Prada with "Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over": 


Johnny Cash, I've Been Flushed From The Bathroom of Your Heart:


Instant Witness, I Don't Know Whether to Kill Myself of Go Bowling (strange weekend dilemma):


Mike Snider, If My Nose Was Running Money (I'd Blow It All on You):


They Might Be Giants, Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes:


Thanks for a fun week, bonnie!
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I meant to say the Wonderimints track is quite Beatles-y and (a recent band) Lemon Twigs-y
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