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/

Video of the Week: Guster’s ‘Dumpster Duet’ with Pittsburgh’s Trash-Talking Mayor

Guster performed a hastily-written new song about Pittsburgh, dogs, snowstorms, alleys and dumpsters (Called, oddly enough, “Pittsburgh, Dogs, Snowstorms, Alleys and Dumpsters”) with Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto guesting at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh last night.

We realize this band’s fun-loving dork/cool factor–not to mention great music–have earned them a lot of space on this blog (see links below). And we think it’s more than justified. No band we know combines great tunes with a spirit of fun like Guster. It’s a little like the Monkees, if they wrote their own material and their lead singer dressed in thrift store shirts.

See some of the original ‘Dumpster Set’ below.

Guster is as fun as it gets–but their musical and songwriting chops are no joke.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2016/04/15/video-of-the-week-guster-cover-a-fans-cover-video-of-their-song/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2016/02/05/gusters-groundhog-day-concert-prank/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2016/01/24/guster-turns-snowed-out-philly-show-into-impromptu-dumpster-set-in-pittsburgh/

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

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

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

Video of the Week: Guster Cover a Fan’s Cover Video of Their Song

For non-fans of the band Guster, we apologize that this blog has been so Gustercentric lately. It’s just that they keep doing cool shit and we feel the need to tell you about it.

On the other hand, since we think this is one of the most unfairly overlooked bands around, perhaps we shouldn’t apologize for beating the drum for them so insistently.

In this case, the merry pranksters came across a fan’s tribute cover of their song on YouTube, choreographed a cover of the cover video, then stalked the fan a bit until they got in touch with a friend who surprised him with Guster’s version.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2016/02/05/gusters-groundhog-day-concert-prank/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2016/01/24/guster-turns-snowed-out-philly-show-into-impromptu-dumpster-set-in-pittsburgh/

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

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

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

Guster’s Groundhog Day Concert Prank

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From Guster’s email newsletter:

Right before our show tonight in Kansas City, we had an idea.

Since it was Groundhog Day, we decided we’d take the stage using “I’ve Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher as our walk-on music. That’s the song that was playing on Bill Murray’s alarm clock every morning in the Groundhog Day movie. A pretty clever reference. We could have let the idea end there.

But we didn’t. We decided we would remember the exact gestures we made when we took the stage (for instance, Ryan took off his sweater, threw it to our monitor guy, and said “Good Evening” twice into the microphone) and then started playing the first song on the set list, “Diane.”

After the last song in the set, “This Could All Be Yours,” we walked off stage, only to return for an encore a minute later, with “I’ve Got You Babe” playing again. Ryan’s sweater was back on. We all behaved exactly as we did at the top of the show. Ryan threw his sweater to the monitor guy and said his Good Evenings. Then we launched into “Diane” again. We thought we were so damn clever. Ryan explained the joke to the crowd because the crowd needed the joke explained to them.

This probably feels like a strange way to start one of our email newsletters. I haven’t even said the word Gusterrhoids yet. But this is the kind of esoteric joke that keeps us going in our twenty fifth year as a band. Esoteric jokes and dumpster sets. Let the record show that when the Foo Fighters do the same gag next year, we did it first.

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See also: https://edcyphers.com/2016/01/24/guster-turns-snowed-out-philly-show-into-impromptu-dumpster-set-in-pittsburgh/

Guster Turns Snowed-Out Philly Show into Impromptu ‘Dumpster Set’ in Pittsburgh

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The blizzard cancelled our Philadelphia show and sent the GusBus on a mad dash west to avoid Jonas on Saturday. After a dicey drive we landed in Pittsburgh for an unexpected day off — we love us some PGH and they only got like 5 inches of snow total. It was a nice choice.

After watching 4 hours of CNN reporters in ski goggles we got bored and decided to go play a “Dumpster Set” somewhere in town. We picked a nice blue dumpster over near the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, and at 1:15 we tweeted the location out on the socials:

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That gave people in Pittsburgh 45 minutes to learn about the show, find the dumpster, and enjoy a spontaneous random Guster concert.  The hope was that, since it was a weekend, maybe we’d get like 30 people to show up.  Eleven people did.

But we had a great…

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Songs You May Have Missed #521

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Guster: “Kid Dreams” (2015)

We’ve previously extolled Guster’s penchant for cheerful melody and their 2015 release, Evermotion, overflows with more feel-good tunefulness.

At times the band also demonstrates an ability to reach a deeper place with a lyric, as is the case with the poignant “Kid Dreams”:

So there I was, fifteen, stuck in
High school was no prom king
Zoned out in a daydream of a
Pretty girl, my own beauty queen
I was too shy to talk
I was round and soft
All the kids would drawl, “You got some beady eyes, boy”

Then I’d start to shrink
Became too hard to see
They got what they need
I got the beady eyes
You can get what you want
Make a plea to the dark
Not as hard as it seems, kid dreams

What did I want?
What did I need?
I got three squares a day, I got a bed for sleep
I couldn’t shake a deep belief in a
Pretty girl who would save me
And then sure enough, they would call my bluff
They’d jab and trip me up
Hit right between the eyes, boy

Fill my cuts with salt
Slowly I’d dissolve
That was all they saw, the boy with beady eyes
You can get what you want
Make a plea to the dark
Not as hard as it seems, kid dreams

Oh God now here she comes
My perfect lady luck
I never did give up, I never did give up
The once and future king
The best it’s ever been
If only they could see, see with my beady eyes, boy

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

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2019/03/23/songs-you-may-have-missed-633/

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

Songs You May Have Missed #364

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Guster: “Every Moment” (2011)

Guster, whose B-sides sound like another pop band’s career highlights, do their best mid-’70’s America impression in the chorus of “Every Moment” from the On the Water EP, a follow-up to their amazing Easy Wonderful album.

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

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2019/03/23/songs-you-may-have-missed-633/

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

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