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Song of the Day: Sunset Sons – She Wants

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Sunset Sons comprise of three Brits and one Aussie, or as I’d like to say, the worse combo of people to meet at a hostel somewhere. They are apparently a bunch of surfers living in France who just happened to form a band and get on a good record label. HOW GRAND. This track is off their upcoming EP No Bad Days and has a kind of loose late summer vibe to it. Maybe it’s the single cover, I’m not sure but there is a certain amount of carefree attitude to this song that resonates with me at this very moment. Check it out.

Karaoke Song Reviews (Part 2): Lana Del Rey, Nick Cave, Spice Girls, Sam Smith

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Once again we went to karaoke and once again here my elaborate reports on songs we tried to conquer. (Part 1 is here). We adopted a different format this time because we have no idea what consistency actually means.

Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness

While it’s easy to mock a Lana Del Rey selection at karaoke (or anything Lana Del Rey-ish), it’s hard to deny her strength as a karaoke artist. I think any Lana Del Rey song is good for karaoke, let’s look at the facts:

  • Slow. Lana del Rey songs are paced at a leisurely pace, perfect for reading the song and then figuring out how you want to sing it
  • Simple. No tricky words here. Lana sticks to the basics for her song writing. one to three syllables at best.
  • Gender Neutral: Ldr has a surprisingly deep voice for a lady and so the song kinda lends itself to both Guys and gals

Conclusion: This is a great karaoke song to start with. it’s easy and the. “sa sa summertime summertime sadness” part is fun to both sing and say. Say it right now. “sa sa summertime”. So fun.

Nick Cave/Kylie Minogue – Where the Wild Roses Grow

If you are going to pick a duet you better assess your crowd and make sure that someone else in the crowd knows this track. For future reference, don’t pick a semi obscure Nick Cave song from the 90s, no matter how much you like it. Singing both the nick and Kylie part doesn’t really make sense to your friends and I guess it’s also awkward to sing a song where basically the murders the women he’s dueting with. Still a great song though.

REM – The One I Love

Simple lyrics and a great chorus to scream out with your fellow friends.. why not?
Fiyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Nicky Minaj – Anaconda

This is a song du jour that will sound dated in about a month but when you pick this song, all you really wanna do is yell out “OH my god. look at her butt” without feeling weird. You don’t even know how the rest of the “song” goes.

Sam Smith – Money on My Mind

Another one of the songs where you have no idea what the verse is but gives you an opportunity to yell out “I got money in my mind, money on my mind” in a falsetto over and over again. It’s pretty fun to yell out shit in your highest voice.

Spice girls – 2 become 1

Nostalgia’s a bitch. Probably everyone’s favorite song of the night and really, quite the dirty lyrics for supposed teeny bopper music. It’s funny because we picked this karaoke place cos they had a healthy dose of indie music and I swear every other song we sang was either 90s pop, Beyoncé or Drake

Placebo – Pure morning

15 years later and I still don’t know what the hell this song is about. that’s the weird thing about karaoke, it forces you to really look at the song writing and Brian molkos songwriting is well, confusing:

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
A friend with weed is better,
A friend with breasts and all the rest,
A friend who’s dressed in leather,

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
A friend who’ll tease is better ,
Our thoughts compressed,
Which makes us blessed,
And makes for stormy weather,

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
My Japanese is better,
And when she’s pressed she will undress,
And then she’s boxing clever

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Pulp – Babies

Speaking of lyrics, Babies is a great tune but my fiend who had never heard of Pulp was like “these lyrics are messed up yo”. I guess a song about an adolescent teen hiding in the closet of his crushes house watching her sister get it on can elicit such response. Still this song has some good yea yea yea yea parts and after singing some songs with outrageously weird lyrics, it’s nice to sing something that tells a narrative.

Lessons Learned

Just like we do at my workplace, we have come up with some lessons learned from this recent karaoke session They are

- Be aware of songs that repeat chorus over and over again (it’ll get boring)
- RAP is always, always more difficult then expected
- Make sure people know the song if you intend on duos
- 90′s songs = popular
- Don’t pocket dial your friend at midnight and leave a ten minute message consisting of you singing Whitney Houston and RHCP

Song Of The Day: Ben Miller Band – I Got Another One

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Sometimes complex problems require simple solutions.

Does your lady/gentleman friend hate holding hands? Does she/he lie to you? Is she/he a sour apple?

Ben Miller Band‘s got the solution – find another one.Full of raw, homespun goodness and a big heaping dose of trumpet, this song from the Missouri threesome is a perfect picker-upper. Give it a listen:

Throwback Thursday Song of the Day/Columbia House/BMG Review: Zuckerbaby – Andromeda

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Sometimes I wonder, if the kids of today will look back at 2000′s Canadian music like we look back at 90′s Canadian music.

Will Edgefest 2027 feature Broken Social Scene, Metric and Stars and all them adults will be like yeah! I listened to these guys in my formative years!

I really don’t know.

Zuckerbaby was some Calgary band I recall liking for a very short period of time in my first year of university. I think I saw them in concert. I don’t know why I thought of them but I did. I think I actually purchased their CD at one point off Columbia House. Remember them? 13 cd’s for 1 cent as long as you bought 3 cds for the rest of the year. I totally did Columbia House and BMG. It was pretty weird business model they had. Think about it:

- 13 CD’s for Free – if you purchase 3 cd’s for the rest of the year or something.
- CD’s are priced at like 15-20$, but then you just had to wait for 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 deals.
- If you introduce a friend, you get 4 cd’s for free. So you make a deal with your friend to join and give him 1 free cd out of the four
- I found out if you complain to them about sending you a wrong cd or a broken cd case, they will resend you the cd and also give you free ones. Obviously you don’t do this all the time, but..

Anyways, how is that a good business model?

The weird thing is, it was actually hard to pick 13 cds for free at once, specially if you didn’t know a whole lot about music. Why do I have the Dumb & Dumber soundtrack, for example.

Back to this Zuckerbaby band. I think they were only popular out west, because they are from Calgary and I was in Edmonton at the time. This might have been their only hit song and like most Canadian bands at the time, they probably took themselves too seriously and wanted to pepper all their tracks with grandiose metaphors. I really just don’t know what they are saying. Take a look at these lyrics

You paint your body beautiful
All the colours of the sky
Blinded by bubblegum
I never asked you why
If this is heaven we’ll be alright
If this is hell it’s way past midnight

It’s a mistake now Andromeda
It’s much too late for Andromeda
Can’t see through this cloud of euphoria
It’s a mistake now Andromeda
Don’t choke on the stardust baby

WTF?

Have a listen

The band broke up sometime around Y2K but reformed in 2006 at Coachella. But really, in Calgary somewhere. I don’t know where they are now.

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