Musical Memory Box: Silence Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Silence EditionMay 05, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Silence Edition

Good day everyone.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, MMB has been quiet for a bit. At first I wasn’t sure, but now I am: MMB is going on hiatus for a while. I need a break. I need to retreat a little. Those of you who know me well understand that I’m an introvert with a sprinkling of extrovert that manifests itself in spurts. One of these spurts recently came and now it is time for me to be quiet for a while.

If I were to guess, I’d say MMB will come back daily and faithful as always after summer has come and gone.

Thanks for playing. See you on the other side.

T

Musical Memory Box: Karlinator Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Karlinator EditionApr 29, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Karlinator Edition

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Scar Tissue, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication, 1998. Props to Denis Gagnon for getting the bonus points!

Here is PM’s guest-hosting of MMB:

Scar tissue. Really odd name for a really good song. For me, this song is all about my last year of high school. The girls, the partys, all the scar tissue from my hockey and football scars…But, most of all, the mood and the sound. During my teenage years, I really loved the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Blood Sex and Magik was really cool. But Californication really is one my favourite albums of all time.

 

Californication is the album that marks the return of John Frusciante to my beloved Peppers. He had left the band because of a shit load of “personal problems” (i.e heroin addiction). The Peppers had sort of replaced him with Dave Navarro. I say sort of because Navarro never CLEARLY replace Frusicante and the only Peppers album with Navarro, One Hot Minute, sucked bad in my book. For me, Navarro never was Frusciante and that’s what makes all the difference in the world between One Hot Minute and Californication: THE PEPPERS SOUND WAS NOT THERE. Frusciante brought the Peppers sound back and also brought something different along with him. He brought the unique guitar melodies that grace Scar Tissue and Californication (the song). And that, my friends, is special.

 

Frusciante created that mood, that sound by playing notes that are as far apart and different as possible in a rythm and sort of slowly. And, for me, the slide guitar solo that ends Scar Tissue will always leave everlasting memories of me lying in the grass and smoking cigarettes with my girlfriend during the summer of ’99. We would play the song over and over again on a CD boombox, lying in the grass and just let the days of summer pass by listening to that mellow sound.

 

But all the Frusciante guitar magic would have been in vain without the lyrics and the voice of Anthony Keidis. He too battled drugs and he poured his soul into this song. The song is about battling his addiction, about the wars with people close to him (like Dave Navarro) and about resurrection. (It’s not by chance that Keidis’ bio is also entitled Scar Tissue.) Moreover, It’s really in Scar Tissue and in Californication that Keidis really took control of his voice and used his full potential. He was perfectly in sync with the mood of the songs and the Scar Tissue chorus is as harmonious as it gets.

 

Funny fact : in the clip, you can see John Frusciante driving a car, symbolizing his return to the band. In every day life, Frusciante does not even drive…

Here are your lyrics for today:

“We are agents of the free

I’ve had my fun and now its time to

Serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)

Coming in fast, over me”

Musical Memory Box: Still Alive Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Still Alive EditionApr 28, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Still Alive Edition

(Last) Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Here I go Again, Whitesnake, Saints And Sinners, 1982. Yes, it was originally released in 1982. I call this Pierre-Marc Perreault’s Revenge!

Why do I call it that? Poor Pierre-Marc felt victimized when I ruled that “Tears In Heaven” qualified under Clapton’s “Unplugged”, and not the studio version on the “Rush” soundtrack.

He got his revenge on all of you. I quizzed him about his knowledge of this too, and he went on elaborately about his mom loving Whitesnake, the cover of the album, etc. The man knows his Whitesnake!!

Many of you also felt compelled to mention Tawny Kitaen, the lovely model in the “Here I Go Again” video. Yes, it’s also the first thing I recall when I think of the song. She went on to marry Whitesnake’s singer, David Coverdale, and then the California Angels’ Chuck Finley, who at one point laid domestic abuse charges against him. Yes, a big-time baseball player was nothing in the way of Tawny’s temper. Yikes.

Pierre-Marc takes the reigns as guest-host today, in our return to MMB regularity.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Push me up against the wall

Young Kentucky girl in a push-up bra”

 

Bonus MMB coverage – Tawny Kitaen’s mug shot.

Musical Memory Box: Skynet Is Up Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Skynet Is Up EditionApr 20, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Skynet Is Up Edition

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham!, Make It Big!, 1984. Stephane Dubord showed no shame in collecting the bonus points.

Alright, so I’ve made no secret of my love for George Michael in past MMB’s. Here it is, the source of it all. I was eight, and Wham! were my favourite band, but to be fair a lot of bands became my favourite band in those days; Wham!, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, the list goes on. Eventually I settled on Bon Jovi, and probably held on to them for a few years longer than I should have (but hey, I still really like “These Days”…the last album I truly enjoyed from them).

But back to Wham!. Here was a couple of guys who seemed to be having so much fun! And what more could an 8 year old ask for? I just looked at the video again, and I was filled with happiness, and I laughed at the campiness of it all. And why does the “other guy in Wham!” pretend to play guitar? It’s ok dude, we know you’re a talentless hack! We accept it!

Actually, while researching this blurb (it does happen, I swear!), I was surprised to learn that George Michael wrote all the songs for Wham!. I supposed I shouldn’t be, but it now makes me wonder what “other guy in Wham!” was doing in the band at all? Did the record company believe one Michael was enough? Further research (Woot Woot Wikipedia!) reveals that it wasn’t a record company thing at all, and that “other guy in Wham!””s role was as the band’s image specialist. So I guess we have him to thank for this. And this. With a dash of this.

Here’s what Stéphane thought of Tuesday’s selection:

“Robert Smith was too gay to be cool, but Wham on the other hand… LOL

As a young child, I always wanted to be “cool” and own records like my uncles. While cassettes began creeping into the mainstream by the time I was 8-9, my earliest purchases were vinyl. One such album was a k-tel compilation (which amazingly, I still have in my basement!), on which I discovered Wham. I then proceeded to buy the album on vinyl and play it until it was too scratched to run anymore.

Of course I wouldn’t admit to that publicly. That’s just between you and me right?”

Yes, of course. And remember, if not for Wham!, this scene wouldn’t have been quite so funny.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Though I keep searching for an answer
I never seem to find what I’m looking for
Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on
Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams”

Musical Memory Box: Route Change Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Route Change EditionApr 19, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Route Change Edition

Monday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Just Like Heaven, The Cure, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987. Jolene Piche, on her birthday, gets the bonus points!

Robert Smith was/is a weird dude. He was Billy Corgan before Billy Corgan. He was emo before emo was created by a record company executive. Not only that, but he looked kinda gay. “Whoa, Théo, you getting all homophobic on us all of a sudden”. No, but context is necessary.

The 80’s weren’t exactly a safe place for homosexuals, and considering that in 1987 I was 11 years old, hormones were beginning to go into overdrive, feeling a need to assert my heterosexuality in the face of the most common of school-yard insults being “faggot” (whether or not it was unleashed with any real reference to homosexuality was irrelevant), there seemed to be a need to distance one’s self from any “gay” point of reference. How ironic, then, that Poison, in all their make-up glory, was a huge  hit at my school and among friends.

Ah, but there was a difference between the glam metal boys and authentic groups like The Cure, was there not? Poison, Motley Crue, early Bon Jovi and so many others definitely exhibited “campy” elements, but you knew that they were winking at you and that you were in on the joke. The Cure were serious, gloomy, reflective, and Robert Smith’s androgynous persona made him persona non grata. Those were the realities of the  École Catholique André Cary recess.

I would have never picked up The Cure’s compilation album if it hadn’t been for Rock Band, mind you. In the newest iteration, the game added keyboards, and within the 70+ song collection found on disk was this song. I have become obsessed with the cutesy piano melody in the background, it really is awesome. It has also allowed me to revisit my feelings towards Robert Smith, this time freed from the stigma imposed on me by mid-80’s society.

Robert Smith was/is pretty cool.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“You put the boom-boom into my heart,
You send my soul sky-high when your lovin’ starts.
Jitterbug into my brain,
Goes a-bang-bang-bang ‘til my feet do the same.”

Musical Memory Box: Special Day Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Special Day EditionApr 18, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Special Day Edition

Sunday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Cryin’, Aerosmith, Get A Grip, 1993. I wasn’t going to get this one by Karl Bélanger, that’s for damn sure.

“Cryin'” is a song that began a trilogy of ballads released off of Get A Grip that pretty much proclaimed that the band was no longer able to write up-tempo hits. The three songs sound pretty much identical, and people still mix them up. Is it “Crazy”? No wait, “Amazing”. Oh crap it was “Cryin'”. To make it worse, all three videos featured a comely Alicia Silverstone, adding to the confusion. Having said all that, I did dig Joe Perry’s fedora in the “Cryin'” video.

Serge had a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to say about this song:

“Ok Was there anything sexier on MuchMusic then seing Alicia Silverstone getting her belly button pierced..among other things in the video of course. Also for Lost fans, note that “Sawyer” (Josh Holliday) was the guy how stole her purse and promptly got beatup.”

I would venture to say that yes, there were much sexier things, but I’ve never been a fan of piercings.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Show me, show me, show me
How you do that trick
The one that makes me scream she said
The one that makes me laugh she said
And threw her arms around my neck”

Musical Memory Box: Persian Dreams Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Persian Dreams EditionApr 17, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Persian Dreams Edition

Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Jeremy, Pearl Jam, Ten, 1991. Serge Leclerc beats the field by mere seconds in collecting the bonus points.

For most, “Jeremy” was the song that directed their attention to Pearl Jam. A dark subject, surely, but the passion in Vedder’s voice is so guttural, that you cannot turn away.

Wow, that’s all I’ve got this morning. Not feeling particularly inspired!

Here are your lyrics for today:

“There was a time
When I was so brokenhearted
Love wasn’t much of a friend of mine
The tables have turned – yeah
‘Cause me and them ways have parted
That kinda love was the killin’ kind”

Musical Memory Box: Distant Sun Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Distant Sun EditionApr 16, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Distant Sun Edition

Friday’s Musical Memory Box solution: What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On, 1971. Marc Dubé continues his strong April.

This song was placed very high in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 songs of all-time. A very strong anti-Viet Nam statement, also sung by Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry McGuire.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Arms raised in a ‘V’

The dead lay in pools of maroon below.”

 

Musical Memory Box: Thirsty Toad Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Thirsty Toad EditionApr 15, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Thirsty Toad Edition

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Ordinary People, The Box, Closer Together, 1987. Karl Bélanger defies the bounds of human capacity by scoring the bonus points.

Here’s a band we have forgotten about that absolutely deserved better. How is it that we remember The Northern Pikes, Honeymoon Suite and Loverboy, but never mention The Box? Their stuff has aged much better, they had more gravitas than any of these bands, and come on, Sass Jordan was their backup singer!

There was just something about frontman Jean-Marc Pisapia’s look, or non-look as it was, that made me feel like he was like an older cousin or a cool uncle. Not only that, but they had lots of hits; “Ordinary People”, “L’Affaire Dumouthier“, “Closer Together“, “Crying Out Loud For Love“, “Carry On” and “Temptation” were all pretty big deals in this country. And wow, looking at that list, how do I not have their Greatest Hits on my iPod?

In fact, Serge as quite the recollection about “L’Affaire Dumouthier”:

“My liking of The Box began when we got Super channel actually. In
between movies, they would often play music videos and I remember seeing
and loving L’affaire Demouthier. Totally found it cool how this english
band had french in their song. Of course the band is from Quebec, but I
did not know that at the time. So a few years later, I’m fully into
music and The Box comes out with a new album. I got the cassette and two
songs stood out for me on it, Closer Together and Ordinary People.

And this nugget of knowledge goes out to my brother Roberto Langoize: The lead singer of The Box was a founding member of Men Without Hats.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today, yeah”

 

Musical Memory Box: Mme Paillé Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Mme Paillé EditionApr 14, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Mme Paillé Edition

Wednesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Clocks, Coldplay, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, 2002. Pierre-Marc Perreault gets Rémi Savard’s hate directed toward him, but thankfully his Kevlar Vest of Hate Protection +1 deflected most of it. I gotta get me one of those.

Coldplay, huge band, never “got” it, huge songs, nice to hum along, lead singer named his daughter “Apple”. Hmmm. Wife’s grandfather allegedly invented daylight savings time. Hmmph. Writes a song about time. Eureka.

A more in depth look, by Stéphane:

“This song got me into Coldplay, for a while. I thought Yellow was an okay song, but got on my nerves very quickly. The shoegazy whine wore out its novelty very quickly. (Frankly, it was done before, and better, by earlier BritPop acts) But Clocks was more upbeat, and the hook on the keys is one of the most addictive I’ve heard.

The whole Rush of Blood album was strong. Had a very U2+Radiohead sound to it. That said, Coldplay as a whole started getting on my nerves as well, and by the time X&Y came out, I couldn’t stand them anymore. It took a while before I gave X&Y a chance, waiting until I could be objective. It’s also a good album, but not quite on par with Rush of Blood. But again, I can only take so much. So when Viva la Vida came out, I was apprehensive. Turns out its got some catchy songs, but again, I wasn’t that impressed.

Maybe I’d have more patience for the band if they didn’t rip off other artists constantly, for their musical style, their persona, and in some cases, entire songs (see: Coldplay vs. Satriani, Joe, among others). Where there was much promise once, as the next big Brit innovator (U2 begat Radiohead begat Coldplay), they seem to have quickly acquiesced and gotten comfortable in their pop niche. Looking where Radiohead has pushed the entire music industry business-wise, Coldplay seems to have been left behind as a relic of the old business model. Pity.”

Here are your lyrics for today:

“We don’t understand much about those big shot politicians
Except for who’s got most of them firecrackers to blow up in our faces
Well, I’d bet my shirt that way back there in the U.S.S.R.
People think like you and me
Hoping life goes on, and nothing changes”