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:
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
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.
So yesterday, during an impromptu Panic Manual pub session, we were discussing the fact that I still have about eight unused vacation days to take before the end of the year. I had mentioned several places I wanted to go on vacation and then Brent or Paul suggested England again, to which I answered well maybe if some Brit bands I wanted to see reformed and put on some random shows. We then listed a few bands that I might consider going to London to see. Among the list included
The Auteurs/Black Box Recorder
Pipe dreams. Whatever.
The whole conversation made me revisit Gene again, and it is quite astounding how great their debut single was. For The Dead was the first release by the band and it was greeted with a great reception back in the day. The track’s got some obvious Smiths influence but also features a nice flourish midway through the song that would foreshadow some of Gene’s later, more rock orientated material. This track has never really left my ipod rotation. Check it out.
You having a good day? Looking cute and feeling great? Dominating life easy-breezy-beautiful-style? Well, let me give you a Debbie Downer reality check:
Summer is almost over.
Days are getting shorter. Vacations are ending. Work and school are about to pick up. And you’re going to have to pull out your winter coat.
Now how do you feel?
If I’ve done my job correctly, you’re going to need a pick me up. Well … guess what, I have just the song for you! Take a listen to “My Doorbell” by the White Stripes. Simple, sweet, and summery, this track will have you bouncing along in your office chair/car/metro seat etc in no time. It’s a 4 minute reprieve from the impending reality of winter that lurks behind Labor Day.