[Powderworks] RE: Lyrical Prowess
Thu, 27 Jun 2002 16:26:19 -0400
I've been having fun reading the responses (Travelling Wilburys!) & have
also made a "must d-load a few sample tunes" list.
Here are my picks:
Noir Desir -a recent find; helps if you speak French, but brilliant
idlewild (still) -new record out July 15th in UK, 23rd in N America.
Robyn Hitchcock/ Soft Boys
-hilarious, touching, brilliant, & very very english (ie. eccentric)*
-dark, twisted, romantic, arch guitars, mewling singing, totally unique.
Wilco -the new record, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, is brilliant.
Afghan Whigs -ok, not the kind of "spiritual" lyrics you might've had in
mind, but the best raunch n' roll (& later white soul) band of the '90s.
I've noticed quite a lot of Tragically Hip fans on this list; for them,
I highly recommend this Winnipeg-based band. Same blues bar-band roots as
the Hip, and also highly evocative lyrics, but more musically adventurous
(particularly their last couple, Silent Radar & Slomotion).
The Hip have been treading water since '96's Trouble at the Henhouse, IMHO,
& none of their stuff has really grabbed me since '94's Day for Night -& I
was a huge Hip fan in the early 90s. But I'd still see 'em live anytime,
though I haven't managed to since 97. Unfortunately, I'm gonna be in Calgary
when they play Ottawa's Bluesfest, & I'll just (by hours!) miss them in
Calgary (well, Camrose to be exact). Fortunately, at the Calgary Stampede
I'll catch The Watchmen for the first time since 96, plus David Usher, Big
Sugar, and Wide Mouth Mason (actually, Live is at Coyotes the same night as
the David Usher gig- dilemma).
Bruce, are you going to the Stampede this year?
*sample song titles:
Do Policemen Sing?
Sometimes I wish I was a Pretty Girl
My Favourite Buildings
Sinister But She Was Happy
I often dream of trains (also title of his best record)
Kingdom of Love
My wife and my dead wife
Underwater Moonlight (also best Soft Boys record)
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