Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel

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Toronto – One of the more tragic stories in the music industry last year was the tale of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. An electro rock dance band that had released a few stellar singles and played some well esteemed festivals, the Camden group was well on their way to success. However, that promise came to a halt when lead singer Charles Haddon leapt to his death from a telecommunications mast behind the main stage at the Pukkelpop festival. Apparently he was distressed after injuring a girl on an ill advised stage dive (resulting in the girl being taken off on a stretcher). It is a sad story and makes you wonder about the dangers of ill advised stage dives at any given show.

I have been listening to a Triple J compilation this week and the inclusion of this song made me think about the story of this band, and what might have been.

Song of the Day: Beth Jeans Houghton – Dodecahedron

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Toronto – When I first saw the title of this song by UK singer songwriter Beth Jeans Houghton, I thought “cool! she’s singing about a dinosaur!” Then I looked it up on the internet and apparently a dodecahedron is any polyhedron with twelve flat faces. That’s kinda cool, but not as cool.

What is cool however, is this song. Now, now I know what you are thinking: Ricky promoting another female English singer, what a big surprise. Well, unlike some of the previous female talents I have promoted, Beth Jean Houghton does not appear to be a sugary pop star. This track is a rather quirky affair, featuring Beth’s unique voice, a xylophone and backing vocals when you least expect it. Check it out.

Song of the Day: Gypsy And The Cat – Jona Vark

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Toronto – Seeing how Australian music has been highly influential in my music tastes these days, it should be no surprise that another electro pop act has caught my eye.

Gypsy And The Cat consists of Melbourne DJs Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers. At the tender age of 21 years old, they appear to be kinda new. This track started receiving heavy airplay from Australian station Triple J, and for good reason – it’s really catchy. The track reminds me of Empire of the Sun without all the drugs. Check it out.

Song of the Day: Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

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Toronto – I came into work and listened to a bunch of Manic Street Preachers. Lefty Canada appears to be in a bit of a turmoil right now with the election of a Conservative majority and while it appears to be dark days ahead, I am reminded of a time in England when the Conservative government was dominating and all hope there seemed to be lost. Some freaking good bands came out during that time and if you look into the past, you will find that when ever the government sucks, great music emerges. So I’m looking forward to some kickass Canadian music coming out in the next little while.

This Manic Street Preachers song has nothing to do with the election, but it arguably has the coolest song title ever. A single off their 1998 album This is My Truth Now Tell Me Yours and has the distinction of being the #1 hit with the longest title (without brackets). The song is about the Spanish Civil War.

If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next-Manic Street Preachers by trico