Battle of the Bands

I wish I could figure out that newfangled way of embedding YouTube videos in my blog. Then I could embed this one – Battle of the Bands.

That reminds me. I caught Dylan singing Rock Lobster yesterday. Doing that jerky-punch-everyone-around-you dance is my fondest memory from Jacko’s 21st birthday party (what was that dance called?) where I first heard the B52s. My second favourite memory is the delicious selection of Yop-based cocktails that I invented that night – the most memorable of which was named Sunset over Lichtenstein – but for some reason I don’t remember anything after the cocktails.

Anyway. I was devastated when I realized that I had thrown out my copy of The B52s when I got rid of the convertible since it had the last cassette player I was likely to own. I only had a few cassettes but they will definitely all need replacing. I am ashamed to say that I no longer own Bat Out of Hell, Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits or anything by Simon and Garfunkel. Maybe someone who loves me will read this and buy me one for Christmas.

Oh. And while I am on the topic. How come every American my age knows all the words to The Love Shack but none of them have heard of Planet Clare or 6060842? What’s up with that?

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6 thoughts on “Battle of the Bands”

  1. Ah – the dance was called “wrecking”. I remember now. It has become the dominent form of dancing in the second half of my life. I hope Georgina is not able to make the connection between The B52s and Wrecking or I’ll never get that album for christmas (not Wild Planet, I have that on vinyl and definitely not a greatest hits album. the first one. the one with Rock Lobster and Planet Clare and 6060842).

  2. My favorite B52s album is “Whammy!”. One of the lesser known songs there I like is “Work that skirt”, which I think is a fantastic minor song, like, hmmmm… “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by the Talking Heads, “But Not Tonight” by Depeche Mode or maybe “Straight to Hell” by the Clash. Well, maybe not as good as those, but still kinda fun song, that’s unassuming. Ahhh, got the perfect peer for it – “(10:15 on a) Saturday Night” by The Cure. See also “Oak Cliff Bra” by Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians, I love the way she says “shoe” for some reason beyond my understanding. Thank you itunes for giving me a list of my music to go through. Tusk?

    The B52s had a small following in the US at first. I liked them, but I was one of Those Weirdos Who Don’t Listen To Regular Music. Rock Lobster was their 1st crossover hit, which caused people who didn’t know them who went to high school dances / parties in the US in the 80s to hear it lots.

    Love Shack was their big hit, because it was, well, a pretty good song, has that upbeat American sensibility to it, was quirky without being weird. Pwned MTV and was big on Top-40 radio – the kind of stations that would never normally play Alternative Rock (which they were). New wave?

    Thanks for posting your blog entry, for in addition to obvious reasons for it’s goodness, it caused me to wander through itunes and play “That’s Entertainment” by The Jam and “My Ever Changing Moods” by The Style Council, both I truly love, and forgot about. I probably only really love 20-30 songs.

    I dunno from “Wrecking” – was it something Billy Idol did in his videos?

  3. I have a couple of The Jam albums. Down in the Tube Station at Midnight still gives me the shivers. Never got into The Style Council though.

  4. Interesting animation. I also like the fact that I have 27 of the albums on that movie, a few good ones I don’t have, most crappy ones I also don’t have.

    But why would not know how to embed a movie in your blog? Can’t you add straight html? If so, this is it:

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