Songs You May Have Missed #633

Guster: “Overexcited” (Extended Version) (2019)

Guster have gone for an 80’s nostalgia feel on their 2019 Look Alive album, and “Overexcited”, presented here in it’s non-LP extended version, evokes that British cheek and spirit of bands like Madness.

The lyric video will fill you in on the hilarious bantery bits.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/03/17/songs-you-may-have-missed-364/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2015/01/31/songs-you-may-have-missed-521/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2012/03/01/recommended-albums-9/

Songs You May Have Missed #632

Steriogram: “Walkie Talkie Man” (2004)

Though dubbed Auckland, New Zealand’s smartass retort to Sum 41 by Allmusic, Steriogram are so much more. On their second album, the David Kahne-produced Schmack, the band combine pop punk with Beastie Boys-style white boy rap, Nirvanaesque riffage, Weezer’s gawky sense of humor, and classic rock reference all to glorious effect.

Tyson Kennedy’s snark rap vocals play against Brad Carter, who carries the chorus melody on “Walkie Talkie Man”, and it’s all pinned on a mighty Kinks-inspired riff and an exuberance that schmacks of too many energy drinks.

I recommend reading along to this one.

Well you’re walkin and a talkin
And a movin and a groovin
And a hippin and a hoppin
And a pickin and a boppin
Those bods are being bad
You better take a stand
You gonna wake up that thing in your hand
You’re looking all around
There is trouble to be found
Make sure when you find it you get to say it loud
Gotta code three
Need back up
Bring me my bright pink fluro jacket

He’s fat and he don’t run too fast
(Well you’re walkin and a talkin)
But he’s faster than me
(You’re my walkie talkie man)
Last night at the show we saw him
(Well you’re walkin and a talkin)
Going out of his tree
(Go Go Go Go)

Well you’re walkin and a talkin
And a freakin and a yellin
And a bossin and a speakin
And a lookin and a pointin
Always tell us what to do
With your high top shoes
And you wave your torch
With your black short shorts
Don’t let em get away
Don’t think they can play Nail ’em to the wall
Cause you really need to say
Gotta code three
Need back up Bring me
My bright pink fluro jacket

He’s fat and he don’t run too fast
(Well you’re walkin and a talkin)
But he’s faster than me
(You’re my walkie talkie man)
Last night at the show we saw him
(Well you’re walkin and a talkin)
Going out of his tree
(just the drums!)

He’s fat and he don’t run too fast
But he’s faster than me
Last night at the show we saw him
Going out of his tree

He’s fat and he don’t run too fast
But he’s faster than me
Last night at the show we saw him
Going out of his tree
He’s a walkie talkie man!

Well you’re walkin and a talkin
And a movin and a groovin
And a hippin and a hoppin
And a pickin and a boppin
Those bods are being bad
You better take a stand
You gonna wake up that thing in your hand
You’re looking all around
There is trouble to be found
Make sure when you find it you get to say it loud
Gotta code three
Need back up
Bring me My bright pink fluro jacket

The Grammy-nominated video is pretty yarn good, too:

Songs You May Have Missed #631

Magna Carta: “Song of Evening” (1973)

A slice of  gently pastoral, anachronistic and very English folk rock from Magna Carta’s classic 1973 Lord of the Ages album.

See also:

https://edcyphers.com/2015/09/30/songs-you-may-have-missed-550/

 

Songs You May Have Missed #630

LP: “Lost on You” (2015)

LP is Laura Pergolizzi, who has written for Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, Cher, Rita Ora and Christina Aguilera among others. “Lost on You” was a platinum-selling single in Italy, France, Greece, Poland, and Switzerland. It also topped the charts in Israel, Turkey, Romania and Serbia, yet it somehow missed the top 40 in the US.

Songs You May Have Missed #629

The Dean Ween Group: “Exercise Man” (2016)

Dean Ween and Gene Ween–Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman respectively–have made a career of what reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine called “cheerful vulgarity”.

But with Dean and Gene each having now released solo material, it’s easy to discern that Dean was the writer more given to the madcap Zappa-esque tendencies and showcases for guitar pyrotechnics while Gene provided the smoother, more mellifluous  moments of a typical Ween album.

“Exercise Man” is credited to the Dean Ween Group, but it’s classic Ween.

See also:

https://edcyphers.com/2013/11/03/songs-you-may-have-missed-498/

Songs You May Have Missed #628


Jeremy Messersmith: “Monday, You’re Not So Bad” (2018)

…and when you’re listening to the hooky, melodic Jeremy Messersmith, it almost isn’t.

Songs You May Have Missed #627

Courtney Barnett: “Need a Little Time” (2018)

On her Grammy nominated 2015 debut, Courtney Barnett sliced through the muck largely due to a brilliant off-the-cuff lyric style, a wry, witty sense of detail, and a punk lite, almost Dylanesque delivery.

All good stuff.

But “Need a Little Time”, from the sophomore outing Tell Me How You Really Feel, confounded expectation. Where most of Barnett’s work playfully jabs at your frontal lobe, this one earnestly pulls at your heart. And the melodic hook here is like a fall into a vat of strawberry-flavored taffy.

Also good stuff.

See also:

https://edcyphers.com/2015/05/16/songs-you-may-have-missed-531/

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