The frozen land to our north is busily laying the groundwork for world domination. On Sunday, Arcade Fire became the first Canadian band to win an ATP tour title in over fifteen years. Or something like that. Here is their victory cry, after match point:
Fred Schneider of the B-52’s now has three albums to his “credit,” while the rest of the band have produced a total of…none. What a world! Here’s a (half) celebration of a holiday favorite:
I was reminded to do this after reading Joe.My.God’s post on the new XMas album by Schneider and his latest side project, the Superions. He’s got a couple of videos there, but somehow missed this gem. And welcome to the onrushing Holiday Season!
Here’s a translation for the non-story linked above: ” I was too chicken sh*t to formally come out years ago, as doing so might have harmed my musical career. But now that no one’s bought any of my crappy music for a decade or so, I need to come out in order to sell something else…my memoir.”
So tonight one of the great but inexplicably overlooked British invasion bands, the Hollies, made their way into the Hall of Fame. Listen to this, and tell me why it didn’t happen sooner. Be amazed as your cynicism is washed away in a flood of tears — spewing from your eyes at right angles, perhaps — at the soaring harmonies very few other rock bands have ever matched:
Anyway, the Hollies did just fine without him, thanks. That’s the great Allan Clarke doing lead vocals on “He Ain’t Heavy,” a song that only this kind of over-the-top performance can redeem. And they’ve inspired countless others, among whom the Posies — another crazily overlooked but still active band — bear the most striking resemblance. Listen to this:
And the Posies know it, too. Here they are performing an in-store acoustic version of a lesser-known Hollies hit, King Midas in Reverse. Of course, surviving as a band these days isn’t easy if you’re not world-famous. This in-depth NPR piece on the Posies that ran a few months ago showcases some of the problems. Bands like the Posies live from gig to gig, but the bright side is that, for fans, there’s always the gigs, and the music.
Congratulations, Hollies! I’m going to go listen to Bus Stop.