Last time I didn’t quite phone it in, but it was a short post, so we’re doubling up again today.
For anyone just now finding these silly things, you can follow the “Related Post” links back in reverse-alphabetical order, if you’re interested.
(P.S., has no one found the daily “bonus” song quote on their own yet? I refuse to believe I was the first person to think of this...)
After The Beat (known as The English Beat in the U.S., so I’ve unforgivably skipped ‘em twice) broke up, two of their ex-members formed this band, along with lead singer Roland Gift. This song got a lot of play on MTV, but their later stuff got somewhat short shrift state-side (ooohh, alliterative!), including this awesome Elvis cover.
And I’m giving them rather short shrift myself, because
This is the song I extended the 80s to ‘92 to include! Almost everyone’s heard “Epic”, and almost everyone’s heard of lead singer and one-man larynx orchestra Mike Patton. But after the success of 1989's The Real Thing, the band chose to go in a very different creative direction. And some of the more traditional metalheads in their fan base said, “Not like!!”
Their label execs also mostly said, “Not like!!” The band didn’t help matters by next releasing an EP featuring a German beer-hall song and this mostly-played-straight Commodores cover.
The band broke up in 1998, but reunited recently for a tour. Patton continues to be scarily brilliant on many, many side projects, mostly for his own Ipecac label. My favorite is Fantômas, whose 2001 album The Director’s Cut was all Patton-arranged versions of suspense and horror movie theme music. I never would have guessed I was waiting to hear a thrash version of the theme from The Godfather, but be damned if I wasn’t. Twin Peaks fans might especially appreciate this track.
Well, enough, except to assure you: the fish lived. (I thought the Björk story was just the band messing with us till I read this.)
I’ll try to be a bit less long-winded tomorrow! ;)
BONUS PORTUGUESE CONTENT!
kalaeth asked me to post this for him via G+:
Mister Mustache, I wont be around a computer tomorrow so I’ll have to count on you to post for me on your challenge. Is that acceptable? If so, here’s my entry for tomorrow : Ferro & Fogo - Gaja Marada (1982) They are “Iron and Fire” and the song is called “Crazy Bitch”. They are a heavy metal band that for a brief time in the 80s played original but have been almost always a cover band (they have quite a few iron maiden covers)