Monday, July 02, 2012

The Big Finish: U - Z


Alright, so it's been one month since my last post, where I was at the letter T in my artist by alphabet blogue... Then something happened: I got to the letter U and realized the only artist I had there was U2.  I don't want to write about U2 mostly because everyone already knows about them, so I thought of other possible options.

First, I considered writing satirically, as if no one had ever heard of the band... Then I thought about posting the music of Echo & The Bunnymen just to prove a point... and finally I considered writing about the Negativland single release called "U2" that got them sued by the band of the same name.  Finally, I decided to just skip it altogether, and move on to the letter V.

Well, I could pick The Verve or Violet Sedan Chair...  and there really isn't much to say about Violet Sedan Chair, considering the band doesn't exist.  It was a mock band created for the (amazing) TV show Fringe (which everyone needs to watch), but their music is fantastic.  So instead, I will post a song from their album and continue on to the next letter.

"Seven Suns (Rising)"

So, what follows V? Why W of course.  So what artists worth writing about do I have under W?!  I suppose Woven Hand or Wired All Wrong... but for those, I'd essentially just end up repeating what I posted under my entries for 16 Horsepower and Self, respectively.  I also have about 50 artists by the name of Wilson (Steven, Steve, Brian...) and the first (and only acceptable) Hank Williams in my collections. So for the letter W I give a big "Whatever" and move on to X.

I don't have anything under X.

Which I suppose takes us to the letter Y. None other than "Weird Al" Yankovic.  I've been a fan of Al's since the 1985 album Dare To Be Stupid, and the first tape of his I owned my own copy of was Polka Party!... which is a far better album than people give credit.  I was lucky to see him live (front row) back a decade or so ago, although I think his prime era ended with Bad Hair Day.  Everything since has been great and far more creative than anyone else could do... but the releases have been sparse and sometimes felt a bit phoned in.  That's not to say I don't love him and everything he does.  I do.  I just think he needs to do more!!

That being said, I will now post one of my favourite songs, and one which really encompasses just how brilliant he is in both song-writing and vocal abilities. (The bridge, for example, was done in one breath...)

"Hardware Store"

Alright, this means only the letter Z remains. Obviously, this would be a one and only Frank Zappa. While I only have a few certain albums by Zappa, namely the Shut Up N Play Yer Guitar trilogy and of course Weasels Ripped My Flesh, I still happen to love me some Zappa.  Despite being highly regarded as easily the most creative musicial/singer/songwriter of all time (I think even Weird Al would admit that...), the man was very openly drug-free, even in the 70's when drugs were all the rage and you were a "square" for not doing them. Technically, his music was and still is far more intricate than any others, and the things they could do without digital aid is astounding.  My plan soon is to finish amassing my Zappa collection... but for now, here's a song:

"Montana" (Live)

So that kills off the alphabet in a single post.  Mostly due to laziness, but I choose to blame U2, as people should for most things really.

I do have something good in the works, and I hope to post about it soon... once I get a little bit more worked out.  It's already in the works, but the technical bit I need to figure out comes before I really want to say much officially about it.  So stay tuned for that!!  It shouldn't be too long.  So, until then...