Musical Memory Box: Play Ball Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Play Ball EditionApr 03, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Play Ball Edition

Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Freedom! ’90, George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, 1990. Marc Dubé was first to the punch. As for the video, well, you’re welcome gentlemen (and let’s face it, ladies too!).

Pop quiz Hot Shot: You’re a record company executive, and your sex symbol heartthrob has refused to appear in any more videos, feeling that it’s taking away from his credibility as an artist: what do you do? Well, you hire all the top models in the business and make one of the sexiest videos of all time. Naomi Campbell, Cristy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and perhaps most importantly, Cindy Crawford soaking in a steaming hot bath. Fourteen-year-old Théo thanks you for sticking to your guns, Mr. Michael.

So why the “90” at the end of “Freedom ’90”, you ask? Michael’s old band, Wham!, also had a song called “Freedom, and he didn’t want to get them confused. Then there’s the odd “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1”. Why is it odd? Because there is no “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2”.

Marc won the bonus, so I’ll let him lead off today with musical memories:

“I like his older stuff, when he wasn’t openly gay (although, common…….not that there’s anything wrong with that). Not a fan of his dance stuff. Feel like he’s wasting his talent. This guy 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 cann you replace the greatest front man ever?).”

Pierre-Marc chimes in:

“My mom listened to that song all the time. Christmas of 1990 was George Michael Christmas for me… I haven’t decided if like it or not yet.”

I’m a huge fan of the song. It has layers, it moves, it’s go catch hooks, and the lyrics have depth.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Gonna make you, make you, make you notice
Gonna use my arms
Gonna use my legs
Gonna use my style
Gonna use my sidestep
Gonna use my fingers
Gonna use my, my, my imagination”

Musical Memory Box: Inside Baseball Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Inside Baseball EditionApr 02, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Inside Baseball Edition

Friday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Beautiful Day, U2, All You Can’t Leave Behind, 2000. Pierre-Marc Perreault starts April the way he ended March, by taking the bonus points. That’s a shot across The King’s bow if ever I saw one.

“Beautiful Day”. I’m in a very uncompromising mood right now, so I’m going to install a filter between my fingers and the keyboard. I’ll just say if you don’t like this song, you have a character flaw. Imagine the rant I would have unleashed without the filter?

Pierre-Marc enjoys coming to cubicle and pushing my buttons. It’s all good, I enjoy the back and forth banter quite a bit. But damn he’s good at it. I have to admit I give as good as I get though, and the other day I started it by calling Billy Corgan, one of his musical heroes, a “diva”. He refuted my premise, so I asked him to give me an example of a diva if Corgan wasn’t one. He went straight for the jugular by submitting Bono as a response. Hilarity ensued.

Serge loves this song, which can’t be said for all that many U2 songs. * He has a very personal relationship with “Beautiful Day”, and I quote what I deem admissible for your pleasure:

“Ah yiii!

“The sky falls and you feel like it’s a beautiful day.” I think many can relate
to this first part but might wonder why the F would you think’s it’s a
beautiful day. I wondered that myself when I first heard this and
totally demised the song. But Bono answers gracefully later on which you
note, but I’ll paraphrase. After the flood all the colors come out.
Meaning even in the worst of times, when the sky falls from your world,
when you get flooded with disasters, goodness can grow from it. As you
know, I relate 100%.”

*Seeee!?!?! Even Serge loves this song, proving my uncompromising premise. There. I win.

And Stéphane adds:

“Staying true to form with your “world anew” theme for April. Not my favourite U2 song in the least. It was good when it came out, but got so overplayed that I got sick of it”.

Stupid radio, flawing Stéphane’s character.

And Denis writes:

“For better or worse I remember this song as the Olympic song for NBC during the summer Olympic’s in Australia. I remember getting this album and savouring so many of the songs. I felt like the band had rebuilt in some ways and given a wide range of music from pop to rock and the pieces in between. It was an album that marked the start of a new decade, century and millennium and Beautiful Day was an anthem of sorts or maybe the opening credits providing light and inspiration.”

More proof – Denis is one of the most “stand-up” people I know. Character = Not Flawed.

A last note from me on this song: the video is terrible. Not sure, but this looks shot in the Anton Corbijn style, but if it’s him he got it totally wrong. There is so much passion in “Beautiful Day”, yet the band looks completely numb while “performing” it. Nothing, NOTHING like the live performance by the greatest live band of all time, including Mozart and Jesus and The Disciples. However, there is a cool factor with the rugs on the tarmac with a huge passenger jet taking off behind them.

Ok, I’ve had my fun. Thanks for reading.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Take back your picture in a frame
Take back your singing in the rain
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don’t belong to you
And you don’t belong to me, yeah yeah!”

Correction: “Beautiful Day” was directed by Jonas Akerlund. You’re off the hook, Corbijn.

Post-Script: And seriously, you’re a grown man, Corgan. How about trying “William” for a bit. No one goes by “Billy” after they’re 8 years old.

Musical Memory Box: Foolish April Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Foolish April EditionApr 01, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Foolish April Edition

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Disarm, Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream, 1993. Though Pierre-Marc Perreault did what he needed by snagging the bonus points, Stephane Dubord crushes his sould by getting the points he needed to clinch yet another monthly triumph. Long Live the King.

104, 104, 98, 89, 82. No, this isn’t a J.J. Abrams puzzle, but Stéphane’s monthly point total since we began MMB. Every month he gets less effective, and every month a new contender announces him or herself. Serge, Laurie-Anne, Karl, and now Pierre-Marc have all come within mere points of taking the title away from him. All have walked away with tail tucked between their legs.

April feels different, though, doesn’t it? Spring’s true arrival, a renewal, a changing of the guard. I can feel it.

“Disarm” is one of the Pumkins finest songs. It showed everyone they had musical range, and that Corgan could dial it down a notch.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
See the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colours came out”

Musical Memory Box: Burning The Midnight Oil Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Burning The Midnight Oil EditionMar 31, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Burning The Midnight Oil Edition

Wednesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Wavin’ Flag, K’NAAN, Troubadour, 2009. Stephane Dubord ensures a fight to the finish for the month of March with  some bonus point magic.

We had some contrasting comments for K’NAAN’s “Wavin’ Flag”.

Serge Leclerc:

“Well that was not written by a Conservative that’s for sure. LOL

No clue what this is, it sounds like a poorly written flower power or
reggae let’s toke up and be happy song. Hope I didn’t just insult some
great Canadian band there. hehehe”

And once he found out what it was:

“A Vuvuzela song? LOL Ok I know what it is, it’s the wave your flag song.
The hook in that song felt like hooks to my eyes. I don’t think I’ve
listened to the whole song, I could not stand it. LOL”

As you can see, Serge does not hold back when he dislikes a song. Stéphane had a differing opinion, though:

Has there ever been a song that has been played more often in a given year than Wavin’ Flag? Released as a successful single by K’naan, released as the theme song for the World Cup, and remade by a star-studded cast of Canadians for the Haiti campaign. Yet, despite being omnipresent, I never did get tired of hearing it. It’s a testament to the quality of the song that it was played ad nauseam, yet didn’t get irritating (wish I could say the same of the I Believe song during the Olympics!!)

I still have the Haiti version on my iPod, and the girls love to listen to it.”

He goes on to do some King James-like prognosticating:

“Nice to get bonus points! I’ve hardly gotten any this month. PM has been aggressively pouncing faster than… that “other” PM. We were virtually even heading into today’s matchup, despite a huge advantage in bonus points (PM=21 to me=6!). Tomorrow is going to be interesting. Could my reign come to an end??”

Laurie-Anne is also a fan of the song:

“This song was my first introduction to Kn’aan and it grabbed me and has not let go. My mood automatically improves every single time I hear it.”

Take everything Stéphane said and make that my position. However often I’ve heard it, and I’ve heard in hundreds of times because of my 3 week World Cup vacation, I still love it. That is QUITE the achievement. He totally deserved the Juno on Sunday.

So, here we are. PM needs bonus points PLUS a Stéphane stumble to dethrone the king.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“The killer in me is the killer in you
Send this smile over to you”


Musical Memory Box: Juno Week Near Its End Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Juno Week Near Its End EditionMar 30, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Juno Week Near Its End Edition

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Rockin’ In The Free World, Neil Young, Freedom, 1989. Pierre-Marc Perreault secures the coveted bonus points as the month nears its end.

Quick in n’ out…like a good Conservative:

“So many wars, settling scores
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor
I heard them say ‘love is the way’
‘Love is the answer,’ that’s what they say

But look how they treat us, make us believers
We fight their battles, then they deceive us
Try to control us, they couldn’t hold us
‘Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers”

Musical Memory Box: Absenteeism Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Absenteeism EditionMar 29, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Absenteeism Edition

Sunday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Leave It Alone, Moist, Creature, 1996. Karl Bélanger, on the road, gets the bonus points!

So what happened yesterday, Music Man? What, too busy to post an MMB? Are we not important enough for you anymore? Is your eye straying?

No. No. No. I, ummm, forgot. Yes, I forgot to post an MMB. Yes, I’m busy at work, but that hasn’t stopped me before. Hopefully you will find the kindness in your heart to forgive me?

When I try and pin down my favourite Moist song, “Leave It Alone” is definitely in the conversation. I have the toughest time picking one though. “Silver”? “Tangerine?” Grrrr

Moist won the 1995 Juno for Best New Group, and Best Video for “Gasoline” in 1997. Here’s a cool Juno video of Moist in 1995:

http://www.lyrics5.com/videos.html?vid=PdYGd5JAokI

Only 2 days left in Juno week!

Here are your lyrics for today:

“There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’
we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.”

Musical Memory Box: Juno Night Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Juno Night EditionMar 27, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Juno Night Edition

Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Building A Mystery, Sarah McLachlan, Surfacing, 1997. Stephane Dubord making it tough to beat him once again as he snatches the bonus points from the Lilith Fair demography.

I’m surprised I didn’t get a stronger response on this one. Other than Celine Dion or Shania Twain, it’s hard to think of a bigger Canadian international music star than Sarah Mac. She was absolutely huge during mid-90’s, becoming an icon for the fairer sex.

She won a bunch of Junos, but more importantly for Canadians who don’t recognize their artists until other countries do, she won a couple of Grammies.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“I laid your arms out long untwisted there
And shaped what I could find
Unmade the most of it and then left the rest
The parts unrecognized
My reconstruction was the only way
For one last look at you
I lost the sense of absolution
That we never knew”

Musical Memory Box: Juno Weekend PT 1 Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Juno Weekend PT 1 EditionMar 26, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Juno Weekend PT 1 Edition

Friday’s Musical Memory Box solution: The Trees, Rush, Hemispheres, 1978. Andrew Hinde stealing precious points from our top 3 for March.

The first time I heard this song in Rock Band 2, I wasn’t 100% convinced that I liked it. It took a few playthroughs to realize this was a Canadian classic. That the maples were French Canada and the oaks were English Canada, and that Rush had decided to try and explain the Two Solitudes with a parable. Mind = Blown.

Andrew Hinde:

“This is absolutely my favourite Rush album.  My first introduction to Rush was from my dad and this album.  Got hooked once I heard the 9 1/2 minute instrumental La Villa Strangiato.”

Stéphane Dubord:

“Wow that had me messed up. At first when I read through, I thought you had gone really old school. A Canadian song about trees? That’s like CanLit 101 right? Then it hit me: the only song I know about trees! It must be The Trees by Rush.”

In 1978, the year they released “Hemispheres”, Rush won Best Group at the Junos. Rush has won 12 Juno awards, from 55 (not a typo) nominations, including this year’s nomination for Music DVD of the Year, for RUSH: Beyond The Lighted Stage, a career documentary that I highly recommend.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“You live in a church
Where you sleep with voodoo dolls
And you won’t give up the search
For the ghosts in the halls
You wear sandals in the snow
And a smile that won’t wash away
Can you look out the window
Without your shadow getting in the way
You’re so beautiful
With an edge and a charm
But so careful
When I’m in your arms”

Musical Memory Box: Juno Friday Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Juno Friday EditionMar 25, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Juno Friday Edition

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Crabbuckit, K-Os, Joyful Rebellion, 2004. Laurie Kempton makes it 2 for 2 during Juno Week!

Ok I won’t keep you waiting. Laurie-Anne’s comments on this song were historically funny:

“This song was my first introduction to k-os. I decided he and i would never be friends. Every time I hear the song I want to smash my head against a wall.”

So…you don’t like it LA?

As per Wikipedia:

“The title and work refers to the crab in the bucket syndrome where a group of crabs will pull down any crab that tries to escape, thereby ensuring their collective demise.”

So, like the Conservative Party of Canada then? I heretofore refer to them as the Crabbuckit Party.

The song won Best Pop Video at the 2005 Junos.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“The trouble with the maples,
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made.
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade.”

Musical Memory Box: Juno Theme Week Day 2 Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Juno Theme Week Day 2 EditionMar 24, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Juno Theme Week Day 2 Edition

Wednesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Superman’s Song, Crash Test Dummies, The Ghosts That Haunt Me, 1991. Laurie Kempton kicks off Juno Theme Week with the bonus points.

This song was their first hit, and “The Ghosts That Haunt Me” won the 1991 Juno for best album. The video for this song also won Best Video at the MMVA’s that year.

I didn’t expect it, but Serge Leclerc had the most visceral reaction to this song:

“I had always liked this song and a few years later, Due South featuring Paul Gross (man I loved that show) contributed to two songs for which I really enjoyed and nailed it for me as songs I would always like. This
one being in the premier and Possession by Sarah McLaclan in the two
part finally if I remember correctly. I still have both songs on my
iPod.”

Laurie-Anne Kempton:

“This song is the definition of a one-hit wonder. The Dummies may have gone on to have other hits but nothing like this. Brad Roberts baritone is intoxicating.”

And of course Stéphane Dubord:

“I have both their two big albums (this and God Shuffled His Feet). I would categorize them as part of the “Quirky Canadians” that came out around that same era, like Barenaked Ladies, Moxy Fruvous, etc. Different sound, different lyrics, tongue planted firmly in cheek, which stood out with all the seriousness of grunge. This album had a couple of my favourites from them, Ghosts That Haunt Me and Androgynous, which have a bit more folksy arrangements, but interesting lyrics.”

I’d like to point out that with only a week left in March, there is a 3-way logjam atop the monthly ranking between Serge, Pierre-Marc and, who else, Stéphane. Can they wrench the title away from The Stig?

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Took a trip on a bus that didn’t know
Met a girl sellin’ drinks at the disco
Said truth comes back when you let it go
Seems complicated cause it’s really so simple
Walkin’ down Yonge Street on a Friday
Can’t follow them, gotta do it my way
No fast lane, still on the highway
Movin’ in and out, no doubt there’s a brighter way…”