28 July 2022

28 July 2022 - Lush - Nothing Natural

You know how we like themes.

Let's keep up the shoegaze stuff with the band that literally defined the genre - Lush.  I think Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson are literally gazing at their shoes in this video.  

At 2:13.  I don't just say stuff to be funny.

Written by Anderson, and produced by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins, this song is one of the noisiest from their 1992 Spooky album - but even this noise doesn't cancel out the dreamlike music and beautiful harmonies of Anderson and Berenyi on dual lead vocal.

27 July 2022

27 July 2022 - Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Kill Your Television

I know, I know.  We've been AWOL for a while.  It's been a busy summer.  But we're back.  And we aren't leaving for a long time.  

The opening track to the 1991 debut album (God Fodder) by Ned's Atomic Dustbin originally started life as a song that had nothing to do with television.... until Alex Griffin saw a sticker in Mystic, Connecticut.  Why he was in Mystic, I'm not sure - but that changed his album and his song for good.  

The shoegaze genre, which was so damned popular among the kids whose parents just didn't understand them, was set on its ear with this album, which took the genre and turned up the amps.  This song - and in fact the whole album - was somewhat groundbreaking.

By the way, they're still around, still touring, and still killing televisions.

01 July 2022

1 July 2022 - A "Blame Canada" Special

Wishing all our Canadian readers a happy Canada Day with this South Park Oscar-nominated classic.

Don't worry, we're not really going to declare war on y'all.   And, to the American readers, they are a real country.

If you are so inclined, here is the Academy Awards show performance of this song, featuring Robin Williams.