After months of grueling training and having finally proven myself worthy through a demonstration of my prowess at musical sanshou, I am pleased to announce that you are looking at the newest Green Monkey Master in Splotchy's entourage.
I wear the crown proudly (and it's so much easier now that we have fastened it with bobby pins) and vow to bring honour to this auspicious position. With great power comes greater responsibility etc etc.
The project theme this time was Speed It Up, and it was a challenging, but really fun, distraction from the mindless and soul-destroying boredom at work. So double thanks for keeping me from going postal at the office, Splotchy! The idea was simple in its eloquence: List 5 - 8 songs, each faster than the last. You can listen to everybody's mixes over at Splotchy's. Here's my list:
Saint You - the Constantines
This song is a bit of a departure for the hard rocking Constantines. Bry Webb really reigns in that amazing powerhouse voice of his on this simple acoustic tune. One time at a Cons' concert, as the band stood there drenched in sweat after a breakneck hard-driving set, somebody called out for this song, and Bry groaned at the thought. Those guys just can't slow down, which is what makes this song a rare and wonderful thing.
Drink to Me Then Babe - AC Newman
Carl Newman is better known as the frontman of the New Pornographers, of course, but he also put out a great solo album, The Slow Wonder, a few years ago. The man writes a mean pop song, and how can you resist a song that features whistling? I mean, seriously, it's right up there with hand claps and cowbells.
Chorus of Wolves - Wood Pigeon
Wood Pigeon is one of those large loosely rotating bands, whose members show up doing double duty with other bands from time to time. They are an odd and fun band to watch live, featuring piles of people on stage, ranging in looks from A Prairie Home Companion to scary dominatrix. And this song has such pretty harmonies.
Belgium or Peru - Cuff the Duke
It's a little hard to include a Cuff the Duke song in a speed it up mix, as many of their songs do keep building on themselves, and even though this is one of those that do speed up considerably toward the end, I think it still fits into this spot in the list. A lot of the members of Cuff the Duke also play in the Hylozoists, which is a largely instrumental band. You can detect some hints of the musicality in Belgium or Peru that you would hear in a Hylozoists song .
Speak Slow - Teagan and Sara
Now we are starting to get into exercise mix speed; the rest of the songs are actually featured on some of my exercise mixes. Teagan and Sara are finally starting to get past being labelled as a "twin sister lesbian band" and are being recognised for their music. After all, when The White Stripes cover your song Walking With a Ghost, you should start getting some recognition, don't you think?
Private Idaho - the B-52's
The B-52's always bring me back to the crazy carefree days of university. They have yet to be matched for sheer poppy campy fun. A little Rocky Horror Picture Show for daytime. Private Idaho would also fit into a mix featuring songs which were used in movie titles.
Cheer It On - Tokyo Police Club
There is no excess fat in a Tokyo Police Club song. They are stripped down, raw, brief and so damned good. TPC are also a really fun band to watch, extremely energetic, interactive, and absolutely not precious in any way. They returned to the stage for an encore after less than a minute of listening to the adoring cheers. Gotta love a band that respects its audience like that.
Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
A powerfully angry punk song (is there any other kind?) that perfectly captures the sense of growing up in one of the most violent periods in recent history. Whether you view it as a historical piece or just a damned good song, Suspect Device will always be relevant.
Since today is Canadian Thanksgiving, let's test your knowledge of Canadianity:
which are the Canadian bands on this list?
(bonus points if you are not a Canadian)