Well, this blog officially turns five today! There have been 1137 posts on this site, if my tagging is to be trusted, so a pace better than every other day. More than five thousand little capsules on songs and bands, and that's a dang lot of vapid garbage. I've probably spent more time on this than any other creative project, and I'm really not entirely sure why. I guess in the end I'll be a better writer, and it's nice to do something consistently. I don't have an endgame for this or anything. It's just, you know, music is nice.
Wire, "Different To Me"
Wire's music is consise. I've decided that that's the best way to describe it. It's incredibly lean, there's no wasted anything in their songs. They have their idea, they get it out there, and move on. And their ideas all rule! I wish we could get Wire to edit other bands.
Big Boys, "We Got Soul"
The rules of what made a hardcore band in the late 70s/early 80s were much looser, resulting in bands like the Minutemen and the Big Boys being labeled hardcore bands. But the Big Boys could really let it all hang out - this is an original, and it's damn funky. Name another hardcore band that could also credibly cover Kool & the Gang? Anyway, the Big Boys ruled.
The Fabulous Three, "Nightbird"
Why don't people use flutes more often? Do people just automatically think of Jethro Tull, so now they're poisoned?
The Counters, "Do You Love Me"
I wonder what Motown song has appeared in the most media over the years. I'm sure their licensing department knows, but it would be fun to discover. It would surprise me if this song didn't place pretty high on the list.
The Flaming Lips, "Convinced of the Hex"
For a while, this sounds like some experimental industrial act, like it's going to be a found sound/noise pastiche. And honestly, even once the vocals get going, it still sounds like kind of an underground electronic song and not really a Flaming Lips tune. That's a good thing, mind you, it's good to hear them break out a little sometimes.