So, I’m a big nerd and have been downloading Daytrotter Sessions all morning.
I remember listening to ARMS not too long after I had gotten into the Harlem Shakes album. In some ways, I like this band more than Harlem Shakes. Here is “Emily Sue, Pt. 2.” This song is great, especially in Daytrotter form.
I’m a woman of her word. Here are few of the best bands to pay homage to the blondes in a very apparent way.
Maybe I’m biased to thinking these are great bands? Considering the color of my own hair, this is always a possibility. But, more likely, they are bands who make stellar music.
Of course I’m going to start the list with Blondie. They are one of the greatest American rock bands of all-time (so…since the 1960s). Parallel Lines was named seventh in the list of Greatest American Albums by Blender Magazine. “Heart Of Glass”? That song was strong enough to raise a band to icon status. If that’s not enough proof, I will have you all know that I dressed as Debbie Harry for Halloween at least three years in a row in high school. If that’s not the mark of an influential band, I’m not sure what is.
Firstly, Canada will probably never cease producing great indie bands. Secondly, from the moment I heard “Wind Blows,” I knew I was in love with Yukon Blonde. They are one of those bands who you can really get into, listen to their album over and over again. Plus, I respect an indie band who can throw in rocking guitar solos into songs so casually (“Brides Song”). If you’re into Dinosaur Feathers or Suckers, specifically, definitely give this outfit a listen.
I know I may have sort of, kind of crapped on Blonde Redhead earlier, saying I was many times disappointed by their music. But, fact of the matter is, this band is a group of bad asses. I say this because lead singer, Kazu Makino, was trampled by a fucking horse. A couple of their albums, notably the music video for Equus, are largely dedicated to her recovery from this event. Maybe my word choice sounds like I’m belittling this traumatic event, but in all seriousness, the cathartic overtones of their music makes me appreciate it for what I believe is probably it’s major purpose.
So, I’m going to be totally upfront and admit the only song I know from Concrete Blonde is “Joey.” But that song is sick. I feel like I’ve listened to a lot more 80s and 90s alt rock since downloading Human League’s Best Of album. This is the kind of thing that is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine.
I have never heard a cover of this song I that actually enjoyed.
I mean, I can listen to the Beck version, and the Mates of State video is adorable. But nothing really measures up to the original. I’m sure it’s partially knowing Daniel Johnston’s heart-wrenching tale of unrequited love. But it’s just as much, if not more, the rhythmic movement of his acoustic guitar. It’s also the fact that, especially in this song, Johnston sounds like a child. There’s this image I have of a young Daniel consoling his listeners with his naive, but perhaps viable, musings on the nature of true love.