Tags: 1980s, Anheuser Busch, beer, commercial, made in america
More than ever, in this campaign season:
Made in St. Louis, that means a lot to me. I give my best to you…
With the Rentals coming to Sauget in a week, I figure it’s time to look back with the SOTW.
The Rentals are a power pop band fronted by ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp. In my opinion, Matt Sharp made Weezer good. The combination of him and Rivers made for two excellent albums (S/T or “Blue” and Pinkerton).
While the Rentals are good, they’re no prime-era Weezer. In fact, the first Rentals album came out in the middle of Weezer’s prime era and it was basically a less-frustrated, synthier version of Weezer’s first album.
But this isn’t about the Rentals, this is about Weezer, and where they went wrong.
This weeks SOTW is Weezer’s “Your Room.”
Rivers Cuomo is, as he says, a metalhead. But Weezer’s attempts at metal are always lame. Rivers may love metal, but he’s not meant to play it. When the band started recording demos for Pinkerton’s followup – what would become the Green Album – they regularly posted samples of the songs online.
Some were good and some were bad, and many were metal-influenced. Your Room is one of those, but it succeeds were all of the other metal infusions failed: It kept Rivers soft side (does he have another side?) confined to the non-metal chorus, creating an almost endearing track that proved to be one of Weezer’s last good (albeit unfinished) songs.
Since I missed posting last week, I’ll double it up this time. Well, actually, I’ll just post someone else’s doubling.
This week’s song of the week is: Kanye West’s “Young Folks” Cover
It’s not so much a cover as it is a half-sung rant over an instrumental hook, but in light of recent news and with the song’s writers, Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn and John coming to the Pageant Tuesday, it only seems right to post this.
I’m sure you were all shocked by the lack of a SOTW last Thursday. Don’t worry, though, I didn’t forget about it, I was just too busy selling out. But it’ll be worth it to you in the end.
How so? Well, this week’s SOTW is the They Might Be Giants Podcast
You’ll need iTunes to get it, and the link will either take you to the podcast in the music store or lead you to download the program. If you don’t have it, just make sure you have a fairly speedy internet connection to the rock you live under.
The podcast comes out irregularly, but it features music, news and strangeness from one of my favorite bands.
Don’t like TMBG? Don’t like a corporate SOTW? Too bad.
This week’s song comes through one of my favorite (and one of the best) music blogs out there now, Stereogum. so I can take no credit for finding it. Hopefully, though, if you aren’t already an SG reader, you will be now and I can take credit for turning you on to a great site.
The song of the week is Built To Spill’s cover of the Gladiator’s ‘Rearrange’.
Update: The link is now here.
Why did I choose a song from a well-known band hosted by a well-known site? Well, I have a bit of a history with this song. I first heard it when I saw Built To Spill at the Polish National Home in Brooklyn last winter. I loved the song and someone told me it was a cover, so I scoured New York to find a Gladiators album with the song on it. I finally found it, and loved the collection of tunes I bought, but I longed for a recording of the cover. Finally, today when I checked Steregoum, there it was.
So now you can enjoy the song without paying $20 to see the band. Without enduring a string of subway closures to get home at two in the morning, and without spending several weekends hunting through obscure record shops’ bargain bins to find what you so desperately crave.
Every week I will scour music blogs (who scour the net) to find the best in free aural goodness. I will then post a link here on Thursday.
This week’s Song of the Week (or SOTW as the cool kids will no doubt be calling it) comes from cartoon mastermind James Kochalka and his band James Kochalka Superstar. This mp3 is posted on his homepage, which also features a semi-regulary podcast and a daily comic strip. (If you haven’t heard of Kochalka and his diary strips, visit the site)
So, without further adieu, I present Hwy61’s first ever SOTW, James Kochalka Superstar’s “When Frampton Comes Alive.”.