Musical Memory Box: Frankly, My Dear…Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Frankly, My Dear…EditionApr 13, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Frankly, My Dear...Edition

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Know Your Enemy, Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown, 2009. Stephane Dubord, fresh off his attendance of “American Idiot” on Broadway, demolishes his competition by ascending into the sky and deploying his laser rocket vision and winning the bonus points.

Know your enemy. Who is this enemy that Billie Joe speaks of in this song? The enemy is yourself. Your enemy is that voice in your head telling you it doesn’t matter what you do, your vote is insignificant, your actions are meaningless, there are powers in this world that will get their way whether or not you get in front of them.

This is an enemy voice that certain elements in our society constantly feed, pumping it up until you lose faith in the system, lose faith in your ability to influence the future. These same elements want to keep you away from the polling station so they can have their way, because doing so clears their path to even more riches, and set you on the path to poverty of mind and poverty of wealth. They have figured out that by feeding your enemy voice, this Apathy, through negative attack ads, attacks on the civil service, attacks on the pillars of the democracy that constrains them, by feeding your Apathy and pumping up your enemy voice they win because you get out of the way.

Green Day are saying one thing with this song: GET IN THE WAY.

Stéphane also felt strongly about this song:

“Green Day get a bad rap from the punk crowd these days, and admittedly, they brought a lot of that onto themselves by seemingly selling out. But dig a bit deeper, and I would hazard that they are one of the most influential punk bands of all time.

Ya, I just said that.

The fact is, punk has always been an underground movement, and as such, its influence has always been limited to the occasional bleeding into the mainstream. The Sex Pistols and the Ramones had some influence in the late 70s, but even then, their impact was limited. Revisionist history likes to romanticize their reach, but at the time, there’s a reason they were confined to CBGBs – most people didn’t know who they were and mainstream ignored them. Green Day on the other hand have gone to the other end of the spectrum, and pushed their message to as many people as possible. If you multiply the impact per individual by the sheer quantity of listeners, the sum is greater than the limited impact underground acts were able to muster. And to be honest, having American Idiot dominate the airwaves at a time of Republican domination was a coup for the punks and rebels in all of us.”

These lyrics from the song could have been written about our own situation in Canada:

“Overthrow the effigy
The vast majority
Burning down the foreman of control”

For fuck sakes Canada, wake up.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Lights go out and I can’t be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
You’ve put me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead”

Musical Memory Box: Lint On Overcoat Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Lint On Overcoat EditionApr 12, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Lint On Overcoat Edition

Monday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Head Like A Hole, Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine, 1989. The Musical Warlock takes the bonus points.

The idea came from Bucketo a few weeks ago: why not, on occasion, ask one of the MMB fraternity to guest host? I immediately liked the idea. A) because I’m lazy as fuck and B) it would give opportunity to have a greater variety of songs rather than whatever pops into my head.

Nine Inch Nails is a great example. I don’t really know under which circumstances I would have chosen a NIN song, since I don’t really know them. Not only that, but because I was faced with something I didn’t know, I was encouraged to check it out. And you know what? This is a good song!

I don’t know when the next Guest Host will occur, but you might find out by getting an email asking you to contribute!

I hand over the rest of MMB to Bucketo:

“My brother introduced me to NIN in 1997.  At the time I was being heavily influenced by old-school Slayer, Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies and Megadeth.  This album totally caught me off guard and I initially couldn’t grasp the Industrial genre that was starting to bubble towards the mainstream.  I initially didn’t like this album as I needed my crunchy guitars.  It wasn’t until I heard Broken and The Downward Spiral, both with guitars that I was convinced this was something I needed to dig into.

Pretty Hate Machine is sort of a coming out for industrial music for me, breaking away from the 80s and combining the angst of metal and sync.  Ministry and Skinny Puppy were leading the charge but NIN helped pave the way for bands like Filter.

I have since gone on to become a huge NIN fan.  The one thing this album taught me is to never get stuck in your favorite genre rut, step out of your music comfort zone from time to time and you may find new gems, or at least be re-assured your favorite music kicks ass!”

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Violence is an energy
Against the enemy
Violence is an energy, Ro-Hey!

Bringing on the fury
The choir infantry
Revolt against the honor to obey”

Musical Memory Box: Bucketo Guest Hosting Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Bucketo Guest Hosting EditionApr 11, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Bucketo Guest Hosting Edition

Sunday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Hey Jude, The Beatles, Hey Jude (Single), 1968. The Musical Warlock (Jamie) takes the bonus points!

You may have noticed that for the past few days you have probably had a bit more success in MMB. Yes, I have been going a bit easy on you, but it was in preparation for today.

One of these days, you may get a special invitation from MMB, an invitation to be a guest host. You forfeit your opportunity to get points for a day in exchange for providing lyrics to the MMP populace, and writing a blurb about it for the next day.

One of our players, who goes by the name Bucketo, received just such an invitation last week, and today I provide you with the lyrics he submitted.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“God money, I’ll do anything for you.
God money, just tell me what you want me to.
God money, nail me up against the wall.
God money, don’t want everything he wants it all.”

Musical Memory Box: Tee Off Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Tee Off EditionApr 10, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Tee Off Edition

Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cindi Lauper, She’s So Unusual, 1983. Marc Dubé is really making April quite the interesting race between he, Serge Leclerc, Pierre-Marc Perreault and of course Stephane Dubord.

A few things happened for me to pick this song. First, Captain Lou Albano died a few weeks ago. For those of you too young to remember, Captain Lou was a manager during the 80’s in the WWF, back when that meant wrestling and not an environmental group. Not only that, but I mostly remember him from the video to this song, playing Cindi’s dad.

The other thing that happened was that a few weeks ago, my lovely cousin Lina posted a video on her Facebook wall which I really enjoyed. It was set in an airport terminal after a flight had been delayed, and a bored Cindi Lauper got up to the mic and sang her signature song.

It’s a song I’ve always loved. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it’s clear that Cindi Lauper has the pipes. To give a little context, she was Christina Aguilera (minus the “Dirrrty” video) to Madonna’s Britney. Whereas Madonna was all about the sex, Cindi was all about the talent.

 

Here are your lyrics for today:

“You have found her now go and get her
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better”

Musical Memory Box: Glorious Augusta Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Glorious Augusta EditionApr 09, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Glorious Augusta Edition

Friday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Tears In Heaven, Eric Clapton, Unplugged, 1992. Stephane Dubord is the first to get to it today, a decision I’m sure will get protested.

This was a tricky one, and a decision I mulled over, but the choice in the end was clear. I always defer to the artist’s album on which the song appears. What made it tricky in this case is that the song appears on a live album of sorts, but I don’t consider Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” album just any other live album. “Unplugged” is the first place where this song appears on a Clapton album. Some did go for the first place it ever appeared period, which was the soundtrack from the movie “Rush”. Sorry kids, in this case my ruling goes against you.

Pierre-Marc solemnly says:

“I cry every time I hear this song. He wrote it after his son died. It’s pure emotion. Apart from Clapton, only Vedder can make me feel like this. They are the only two guys in music that make me feel this way.”

Rémi chimes in with a semi-comprehensible grouping of words:

“Good song. Around the fire. Good guitar player. Short sentences. Lack of verbs. Delicious Friday. Mmmm…”

Denis laments his lack of talent:

“Not being musically inclined at a I have never been able to truly appreciate how gifted a guitarist he really is. I just know that he is one of the best.”

Stéphane once again has plenty to say:

“Eric Clapton’s Unplugged album was one of the biggest influences in my teens, and opened up a whole new genre to me that I had never connected with before – Blues. I’d been a fan of the Unplugged series from the start, as it helped “ground” some of the songs into a real intimate feel. It sort of felt like the artist just happened to pop by and were jamming in the basement. Really reminded me of the parties my grandfather used to have when I was a kid, with all sorts of people dropping in with instruments. Anyway, my favourite Unplugged album by far is the Clapton one. Tears in Heaven is a big part of that. It’s the most emotional song I’ve ever heard. Bar none. But all those other Blues standards that he reworked really hooked me.

Since it came out in 1992, I’ve always had it around. It would be in my “10 albums on a deserted island” list for sure. I find it’s an amazing palate cleanser of sorts. When I’ve been listening to heavily produced/layered/textured music for a long stretch, I hit a wall after a while. This album, the most stripped down (yet pleasing), REAL album I’ve ever heard, washes all that away. If I had to describe tha album with one word, I’d have to say: PURE. Music in its purest sense.”

And then Marc and I had an interesting discussion about age, and its psychological correlation to wrongly guessing album years in MMB. Marc wondered why he was always guessing album release dates a few years late, and I responded by projecting pop-psychology:

“You make the same mistake many do, including my girlfriend/wife/bosombuddy. You place years as closer to the present than they already are, because you are subconsciously lying to yourself about getting old. 17 years ago seems like a lot less than 19 years ago, and so on 🙂

Laura did this with Pretty Vegas. Could not believe that it was 2005, argued with me for a few minutes that I had it wrong, it had to be 2008, until I whipped out my iPhone to shut her up (by looking it up on Wikipedia, not by hitting her with it, let’s be clear).”

He responded thusly:

“That’s a game I often play with my friends: whipping out lengths in years of album releases. It’s sickening to think that Appetite For Destruction will be 25 years old next year. 1987 is my favorite year in music and we’re 25 years removed from it. I’m staring 40 in the face (gonna turn it next September) but it’s a good thing I plan on living till 140-150 or I’d be freakin’ out.”

Here are your lyrics for today:

“The phone rings in the middle of the night

My father yells whatcha you gonna do with your life

Oh daddy dear you know you’re still number one”

 

Musical Memory Box: Booking Spring Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Booking Spring EditionApr 08, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Booking Spring Edition

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Bad To The Bone, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Bad To The Bone, 1982. Pierre-Marc Perreault continues a hot start to April, getting the bonus points.

So, ummm, yeah. Not much to say about this song except…truckers like it?

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven.”

Musical Memory Box: The Dangers of Apathy Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: The Dangers of Apathy EditionApr 07, 2011
Musical Memory Box: The Dangers of Apathy Edition

Wednesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Gel, Collective Soul, Collective Soul, 1995. Stephane Dubord begins to put his Royal Stamp on the month of April, getting bonus points for the second day in a row.

Strange but true : Youtube did not have the “Gel” video. I had to find a really crappy version on Daily Motion.

I love it when you guys do the work for me. Stéphane:

“Collective Soul is the most underrated, under appreciated 90s band. Because they never fit the grunge image, they came out right after the grunge explosion when times were uncertain. So many acts were either post-grunge rock (all the flannel, none of the emotion) or the start of that sickening nu-metal stuff. In the midst of that, Canada held tight to its rock bands, which we’ve named many times already in MMB. Along with them, we adopted Collective Soul. A Southern band would seem like a weird fit amongst the neo-CanCons of the time, but at their core, they shared the same ideals: very well written, meaningful songs that rocked out hard or mellowed out in just the right balance.

Unfortunately, their popularity peaked quickly in the US, and after this album and the follow-up, they were passed over for Limp Bizkit and their clones.

I’ve seen Collective Soul in concert 3 times, and have always come away from it totally satisfied. Great shows, great band, great frontman, etc. And always wondering why on earth did they never reach superstardom.”

I believe I also saw Collective Soul three times; once at Carleton, once at the Civic Centre and once at Edgefest, where a huge Canada-themed hot air balloon came into view just as they took the stage, and declared themselves honourary Canadians or something to that effect.

So is Stéphane right? Was Collective Soul the most under appreciated 90’s band? Let us know in the comments section below.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered ’round
And they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up, and she said leave this one alone”

Musical Memory Box: Eternal Winter Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Eternal Winter EditionApr 06, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Eternal Winter Edition

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Pretty Vegas, INXS, Switch, 2005. Stephane Dubord garners his first bonus point in April, on a song that stirs emotions deep within his gut.

In a previous edition of MMB featuring INXS, Stéphane clearly stated his disdain for this incarnation of the band, and its reality-tv winning frontman. If anything, the comments that follow are bit more tame than they were a few months back:

“Ah yes, the infamous “JD Fortune-fronted INXS” (I refuse to call this incarnation INXS). Who would have thought that a reality-show winner wouldn’t be the answer to replace a legend like Michael Hutchence?

In all honesty, I watched that show attentively, and throughout the show, I thought JD Fortune was a perfect fit for the part, while also appreciating some of the other contestant who also went on to interesting things (Suzy McNeil for one, Mig Ayesa as well). It was a very fun show to watch, blending just a tad bit of drama with some really captivating looks at what goes into songwriting, especially under enormous pressure. That said, I never took the band really seriously as “authentic INXS”. Some of their material was very good, Pretty Vegas and Afterglow being solid songs, but it was never more than an interesting experiment to me. No one could replace Michael Hutchence, and anyone who tried was bound to fail to live up to such a high standard.”

Denis Gagnon was also a loyal Rockstar: INXS viewer:

“I really should have been able to get this one as I watched most of this season as well as the next of Rock Star. From Season one “Rockstar: INXS” my favorite was Marty Casey and his original song Trees. In looking up this song, it prompted me to go find this gem that I had forgotten about. This guy was very talented and came in second. I didn’t like Trees because of the name but because it was a brilliant pop rock song with a great beat that was made for radio. It wasn’t deep by any stretch, just one of those fun songs. I shall have to look it up when I get home.

Rockstar was probably one of the better reality shows ever done and I would argue that is was the best for producing and showcasing raw musical talent. This wasn’t bubblegum pop crappy American Idol stuff – this was real gutsy rock singing and people had to really belt it out and sing for their lives. It showed some of the partying and backstage antics that gave it more of a Rock’n’Roll feel. Two bad it only lasted to seasons but the Canuck rockers went 2 for 2 in taking top prize.”

Laura and I were also fans of the Rockstar reality show. Obviously, the second one with Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and Jason Newsted was inferior in many ways, but Dave Navarro was stellar as the host of both shows, and the content was the best I’ve ever seen in a reality show. Because the first one featured an established mega-band looking for a real lead singer, the stakes seemed more real. With Rockstar: Supernova, you really always knew that the project was dead in the water. I mean, Tommy Lee was involved.
I was even surprised that there was a second show. What made Rockstar: INXS work is that it was real. Any follow-up trying to fit into that format was bound to fail, barring another band’s lead singer dying, and keeping in mind that the band had to have a vast library of huge international hits to make the music recognizable. Rockstar: Blind Melon just wasn’t going to work, you know?
Some people suggested that Queen could have followed the Rockstar format, but I disagree for the reasons that Stéphane didn’t like J.D. Fortune. No one but an already established star was going to replace Freddie Mercury. And even then they got it wrong (Seriously? Paul Rogers?). I’ll repeat here what Marc Dubé wrote a few days ago when discussing this very issue, mainly because I agree with him 100%:

“This guy (George Michael) should’ve replaced Freddie Mercury in Queen. Only singer with the vocal chops to do it (his stage presence isn’t the same, then again how can you replace the greatest front man ever?).”

No reality show could have produced a singer to replace Freddie.
In the end my personal opinion of the “INXS Experiment”, as Stéphane calls it, is that it was a great fit. They found a singer that, if you closed your eyes, sounded similar to Hutchence. He had the sex appeal and charisma, the rock attitude, and some pretty decent writing chops. We saw him twice in concert fronting INXS, and he lived up to my expectations, bringing to life all the old INXS standards. I was sad when it didn’t work out.
Here are your lyrics for today:
“Clothe me in any fashion.
Glitter to so mundane.
Tell me how you’d love to change me.
Tell me I can stay the same.
I just want to shake us up.”

Musical Memory Box: Back To Normal Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Back To Normal EditionApr 05, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Back To Normal Edition

Monday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Informer, Snow, 12 Inches of Snow, 1993. Jamie, our resident Musical Warlock, gets the bonus points on Canadian White Reggae Appreciation Day.

Interesting mish-mash of opinion on Snow. One thing’s for sure, he’s a polarizing figure among MMB participants. Some think this was a very clever song, others think it’s the devil’s music.

This song could have been included in Juno week, since it won for Best Reggae Recording in 1994. Another interesting fact is that Snow was actually in jail, serving one year of an assault conviction, when the song and album was released. So in rap parlance, he had “street cred”. The album went platinum in both Canada and the United States, and Snow was picked up from prison in a black limousine. I find this fascinating!

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Fallin’ asleep at the wheel again baby,
You’re driftin’ over the line, yeah.
Your hands are tight but you’re losin’ grip quickly
Fix me, can you read the signs?”

Musical Memory Box: Winter Returns Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Winter Returns EditionApr 04, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Winter Returns Edition

Sunday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Brass In Pocket, The Pretenders, The Pretenders, 1980. Marc Dubé is on fire!

A couple of interesting facts about this song, found on Wikipedia. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde was not a fan of the song when they recorded it, yet it became their first hit. It was the first song of the 80’s to be #1 in the UK, and the 7th video ever played on MTV.

Stéphane Dubord is unimpressed, however:

“Not a big Pretenders fan. I always thought they got too much credit in the early 80s as almost a punk band, but all I remember from them are the singles which were pure pop. They might have a big back catalog of punk material I’ve never heard, but to be honest, I’ve never had the desire to go delve any further.”

I should also point out that although the single and video were released in 1979, the album wasn’t released until 1980. This was also the first song Serge Leclerc ever got “Flawless” on Expert drums in Rock Band.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“A licky boom boom down.”