Musical Memory Box: Junos Theme Week

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Junos Theme WeekMar 23, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Junos Theme Week

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Alive, Pearl Jam, Ten, 1991. Jolene Piche takes the cake! Mmm, cake.

Hey all, I wish I had the time to wax poetic about Pearl Jam, but unfortunately I don’t. I leave it to our MMB participants.

Oh, and today kicks off our 2nd Theme Week. The Junos are Sunday, so for 7 days we will honour Juno Award winners in MMB.

Laurie-Anne Kempton:

“I discovered pearl jam after i discovered nirvana. i ran hot and cold on nirvana but pearl jam seized me from the first song i heard – which is alive. it felt like an anthem or a mantra and it still does.”

Stéphane Dubord:

“This is the album which forever relegated Def Leppard’s Hysteria off the top of my “most played” list. To many, Nirvana was their transition out of hair bands into grunge. For me, this is it. Can’t say enough about Pearl Jam. Probably Top 5 bands of the last 2 decades, and still going strong.”

Here are your Juno lyrics for today:

“Tarzan wasn’t a ladies’ man
He’d just come along and scoop ’em up under his arm
Like that, quick as a cat in the jungle
But Clark Kent, now there was a real gent
He would not be caught sittin’ around in no
Junglescape, dumb as an ape doing nothing”

Musical Memory Box: Paire de bas Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Paire de bas EditionMar 22, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Paire de bas Edition

Monday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Panama, Van Halen, MCMLXXXIV, 1984. Pierre-Marc Perreault continues a great month of March with the bonus points.

Van Halen has given us “Panama”, “Jump”, “Right Now”, “Dreams”, and countless other rock staples. But mostly, they’ve given us one of rock’s greatest debates: David Lee Roth or Sammy Haggar?*

*Apologies to Gary Cherone

For some, like Pierre-Marc Perreault, it is David Lee Roth. For others, like Laura Nicol, it is neither. For Stéphane Dubord (a HUGE Van Halen fan), it is Sammy Haggar. And on and on it goes.

I can see why some prefer David Lee Roth; showman, high-energy songs, classic rocker. It might also be a generational thing; if you were of a certain age when Van Halen first made it big, David Lee Roth could be the only true face of the band. I started really getting into music when the change occurred, so the Van Halen that was playing on Much and on the radio was of the Sammy Haggar variety. With hindsight, I still prefer Haggar. There seemed to be a deeper emotional tone to the lyrics, and the music flourished, became more complex. But I totally respect everyone’s opinion on this – I’m in no way anti-DLR.

I am sad, however, of what became of Van Halen (more specifically the Van Halen brothers, Eddie and Alex). One of the best rock bands of all-time has become a hollowed-out shell, ravaged by drug and alcohol abuse, pushing away once prominent members. I keep expecting to find out on Twitter that Eddie Van Halen is dead (for real).

Here is Stéphane’s take on one of his favourite bands:

This was the 1st VH album I owned… sort of. I “borrowed” my uncle’s tape, and then dubbed a copy for myself. As an 8 year old, this was heavier than anything I owned, but I was mesmerized by them from the first listen. Funny enough, I later filled in the rest of the space on the blank tape with some of the other “hard rock” stuff I had on other cassettes, the first of which was a song off the Footloose soundtrack by Sammy Hagar. Who knew how prescient a move that was! LOL“

Here are your lyrics for today:

“‘Oh, she walks slowly, across a young man’s room.

She said ‘I’m ready…for you…’
‘I can’t remember anything of this very day,
‘cept the look, the look…
Oh, you know where, now I can’t see, I just stare…'”

 

 

Musical Memory Box: Low Bandwidth Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Low Bandwidth EditionMar 21, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Low Bandwidth Edition

Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Ahead By A Century, The Tragically Hip, Trouble At The Henhouse, 1996. Marc Dubé, who was the first ever player in MMB when he correctly guessed on a Tragically Hip song, is the only one to get all points today with another Hip song.

As I mentioned on my Facebook wall, Laura and I turned in our Rogers hardware on Saturday as our relationship with the company came to an end (save for my iPhone). Because my contract ended on a Saturday, I am only able to have my new internet company install it tonight. That is the reason there was no MMB yesterday.

The Tragically Hip had already made an imprint on the Canadian music scene with solid albums and hit songs like “New Orleans Is Sinking”, “Blow At High Dough”, “Courage”, “Locked In The Trunk of a Car”, and so on. My impression is that they truly became Canadian icons with “Trouble at the Henhouse”, especially with mega-hit “Ahead By A Century”. That is my impression, anyway. I realize with hindsight that their very best album was “Fully Completely”, but it seems to me  that “Henhouse”  eclipsed that one in popularity. Or maybe it was the fact that having two such albums back-to-back* was an affirmation of the group’s new status as Canada’s Band.

It took me a long time to get on board the Hip bandwagon. The song that sealed it for me was “Bobcaygeon”. I had stubbornly (and stupidly) resisted the band for reasons unknown. Trying to be hipper than The Hip? Again, I really don’t understand why I resisted this band, because they are one of the best this country’s ever seen.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Jump back, what’s that sound?
Here she comes full blast and top down
Hot shoe burnin’ down the avenue
Model citizen, zero discipline
Don’t you know she’s coming home with me?
You’ll lose her in the turn
I’ll get her, aow”

*Update: Marc Dubé corrects me in stating that those two albums were back-to-back:

“Oh and Fully Completely and Trouble at the Henhouse are seperated by Day For Night so not techincally back to back. easy mistake though as the Hip put out an album of fresh material every 18 months for the first 12 years of their existence. Hard to find a band this side of 1980 with such an output. But I do agree that Fully Completely is the best all-round album. Wheat Kings and At The Hundredth Meridian are Canadian classics.”

Musical Memory Box: Working on the Railroad Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Working on the Railroad EditionMar 19, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Working on the Railroad Edition

Friday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Break On Through (To The Other Side), The Doors, The Doors, 1967. Pierre-Marc Perreault takes the cake.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“And that’s when the hornet stung me
And I had me a serious dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoked them out”

Musical Memory Box: Why Go Green? Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Why Go Green? EditionMar 18, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Why Go Green? Edition

 

Thursday’s Musical Memory Box solution: L’homme 7-Up, Les Respectables, $ = Bonheur, 1999. Rémi Savard the only one to get points!

Every once in a blue moon, I choose a francophone song to cater to the 18 or so members of MMB who speak French and know some French music. Unfortunately, yesterday’s selection did not ring a bell with any of them and turned out to be a major flop. Sorry for that.

From what I’ve heard, this is Les Respectables’ story: native Québécois who tried to break through in English. English-Canada radio wouldn’t play them because they were from Quebec, French-Canada radio wouldn’t play them because they were performing in English. Oh, Canada. You should go fuck yourself sometime (French-English love…it’s fantastic, you should try it sometime). So the band goes ahead and switches to French, and miraculously becomes a huge hit in Quebec (the version I heard was that they simply translated their songs). And please, if you know another version of the story, do bring it forward in the comments section.

As mentioned, Rémi was the only one who got any points yesterday. Sadly, though, he’s not a fan of Les Respectables:

“Honnête?

Ils m’énervent.

Le chanteur m’a toujours apparu comme fendant au possible. Gros « frais-chié ». Ils ont connu un certain succès, entre autres avec l’Homme 7 UP, Amalgame et un remake de leur propre chanson  – si je ne m’abuse, ils ont commencé en anglais, mais je pourrais me tromper… D’ailleurs, à moins encore une fois que ma mémoire s’enlise, ils s’appelaient les Respectables, en anglais, avant.

Mais là j’ai rien contre-vérifié.

Pour leur défense, cependant, Amalgame était très décente comme chanson.”

Here are your lyrics for today:

“I found an island in your arms
Country in your eyes
Arms that chain us
Eyes that lie”

Musical Memory Box: Lift-off Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Lift-off EditionMar 17, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Lift-off Edition

Wednesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: One, Metallica, …And Justice For All, 1988. Pierre-Marc Perreault gets a bonus streak going. Can he make it three?

Metallica’s “One” is the only song by the band that I paid any attention to before the black album. I know that will box me into a certain category of distasteful people for some of you. What can I say? I had a happy childhood and I found their premise of death and depression unappealing. Once Metallica got some proper direction under Bob Rock, they became palatable (and if you think I’m pressing buttons on purpose, well…I am). Their venture into respectability, however, allowed me to enjoy some of their earlier offerings retroactively. Songs like “Fade To Black”, “…And Justice For All”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” have all become favourites of mine.

Oh, and true story, for the longest time I had only ever read about Metallica, had never heard anyone say their name, and thought it was pronounced “Metal-eek-a”. Imagine my embarrassment when I first said this in front of metal-heads.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“J’aimerais vous présenter tout ce que je possède
Ce que je m’approprierai
Et conserverai dans mon bled
Jusqu’à ma mort

Well… well…

‘And I keep on flying…'”

Musical Memory Box: The Thaw Is On Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: The Thaw Is On EditionMar 16, 2011
Musical Memory Box: The Thaw Is On Edition

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Feel Good Inc., Gorillaz, Demon Days, 2005. Pierre-Marc Perreault with some bonus points for his growing stash.

We all know what a concept album is, but a concept band? That’s just crazy talk! However, that’s what Blur lead singer Damon Albarn decided to create with his comic-book artist buddy Jamie Hewlett in the late 90’s. Here’s how it came about, in Albarn’s words:

“If you watch MTV for too long, it’s a bit like hell – there’s nothing of substance there. So we got this idea for a cartoon band, something that would be a comment on that.”

Along the way they’ve created some really interesting music, while bringing along names you might recognize like De La Soul and Del The Funky Homosapien.

For many, their best song is “Clint Eastwood”, but for me it is without a doubt “Feel Good Inc.”. I love the odd mixture of styles, from Albarn’s catchy melodies to the rap stylings of De La Soul (especially that mocking laughter “Hahahahahaaaaaa”), some spanish guitar and funky beat box rhythms.

I know only two of you scored points on this song, but I make no apologies seeing as Gorillaz have sold over 20 million albums.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please god, help me

Darkness imprisoning me
All that I see
Absolute horror
I cannot live
I cannot die
Trapped in myself
Body my holding cell”

Musical Memory Box: River Cats Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: River Cats EditionMar 15, 2011
Musical Memory Box: River Cats Edition

Monday’s Musical Memory Box solution: That Song, Big Wreck, In Loving Memory Of…, 1997. Predictably, Big Wreck fanatic Rémi Savard was the first to guess all elements correctly.

I have no emotional attachment to Big Wreck. They came to prominence amongst a wave of CanCon that I didn’t pay much attention to, like Matthew Good Band and Finger Eleven. I was aware of their existence, enjoyed a few of their songs, but never really embarked on their journeys.

Rémi Savard, however, was smitten with Big Wreck:

“Un de mes groups préférés. Je ne me suis pas encore remis du deuil de leur séparation (ça, et j’ai manqué le show de Ian Thornley réuni à Brian Dougherty avant les Fêtes).

Premier album solide, très solide, mélodique au possible (Under the Lighthouse, holy bejeezus…). The Oaf, That Song, Blown Wide Open ont pollué les ondes, avec raison (à mon sens). Trois chansons très fortes, guitare lourde à souhait, la voix de Thornley puissante au possible…

Leur deuxième album est moins constant, mais plus pesant en termes de guitare et plus varié intrumentalement parlant. Du banjo (Ladylike), du clavier (No Fault), du bonbon! Menoum pour les oreilles.

Et sans contredit ma « album closure song » préférée : Defined By What We Steal, avec une guitare superbe, une espèce de lamentation électrique qui vient me titiller le gros nerf musical…

Dang, faut je m’écoute l’album au retour à la maison!

Dans un autre ordre d’idées, même si les projets subséquents de Thornley étaient de bons efforts, ça n’a jamais eu le même « wow » que Big Wreck, la même maestra musicale… Oh, well…”

And Jérôme:

“Soirée mémorable au Capitol de Québec où on était sortit pour voir Big Wreck.  J’ai acheté l’album tout de suite après.  A partir de ce moment là, toute les grosses soirées de boisson étaient appellées des Big Wreck!!”

Reading the above impassioned posts, I came to realized that Big Wreck and Matthew Good Band had the same effect on some people as Moist and I Mother Earth had on me and my friends. And as if to confirm this feeling, Stéphane Dubord wrote the following:

“Ian Thornley has never gotten the credit he deserves. Big Wreck just had bad timing to come after the big wave of Moist/IME/OLP, so they didn’t get as big. Still, great band, especially as an opening act.”

Denis Gagnon disagrees. Kinda. He writes:

“This was a great song about enjoying great songs but wasn’t a great song in its own right. I much preferred The Oaf. There sound was new and fun at the time and got plenty of Much Music coverage. Thornely’s later work was “meh” (in the words of Serge). I want to say this is good CanCon but I was never sure how they actually labeled themselves since they were mixed Canadian – American band.”

So the audience is conflicted about Big Wreck. This was an interesting MMB!

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Windmill, Windmill for the land.
Turn forever hand in hand
Take it all there on your stride
It is tinking, falling down
Love forever love is free
Let’s turn forever you and me
Windmill, windmill for the land
Is everybody in?

Laughing gas these hazmats, fast cats,
Lining them up-a like ass cracks,
Lay these ponies at the track
Its my chocolate attack.
Shit, I’m stepping in the heart of this here
Care bear bumping in the heart of this here
Watch me as I gravitate
Hahahahahahaaaaaa.”

Musical Memory Box: Adjustment Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: Adjustment EditionMar 14, 2011
Musical Memory Box: Adjustment Edition

Sunday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Thunderstruck, AC/DC, The Razor’s Edge, 1990. No one  was going to take away the bonus points from Jérôme Gédéon!

This is the AC/DC song that was of “my” generation. “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Hell’s Bells” and “Back In Black” were already classics by the time I got into music. While the Muchmusic VJ’s kept referring to AC/DC’s comeback, I was simply enjoying a new take-no-prisoners rock act in my library.

Here is Jérôme’s take on the song:

“Tellement un album (et un band) de party!  J’ai tellement écouté les pièces Shot of Love et Got you by the balls (qui ressemble à Black Ice qui ressemble à Hells Bells qui ressemble à ….:)”

And Stéphane Dubord:

“Short and to the point, how symbolic of AC/DC music! This was the 1st AC/DC album I purchased (dubbed a few earlier ones, wore out my Who Made Who tape). Excellent, no nonsense ROCK, much like their video too. While the hair bands were bending over backwards to make storytelling videos, AC/DC just rocked.”

Here are your lyrics for today:

“So you crank that song
And it might sound doomed
So just leave the room
While I sit’n stare
Cause this is rare
I really love that tune
Man I love that song”

Musical Memory Box: New Breakfast Edition

Posted by MimglowComments Off on Musical Memory Box: New Breakfast EditionMar 13, 2011
Musical Memory Box: New Breakfast Edition

Saturday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Cake, Comfort Eagle, 2001. Speaking of rising action, here comes Stephane Dubord. You’ve all been warned.

Good (late) afternoon friends. My memory of Cake is that I’ve always liked them, but never enough to get an album. Having said that, I LOVE this song. It’s funky, quirky, funny, but to quote Laura quoting the video (from the last seconds): “I miss the rising action!”.

The time has come to introduce yesterday’s winner. Some say he’s MSG-free. Others, that after eating printing ink, he obtains the ability to fly. All we know is: he’s called Stéphane Dubord. And here are his thoughts on Cake:

“One of those quirky bands that just caught me off guard with their strong bass lines, I’ve got a half-dozen songs on my iPod always in rotation. Some of the catchiest yet quirky stuff.”

Here are your lyrics for today:

“I was caught in the middle of the railroad track.”