“Last Days on Earth” by Tears for Fears | So, here we go – this blog’s final ever week. Nobody cares, I know, but I do, but then, I have been quite busy that I haven’t had any time to put into place the plans I actually have for these past few weeks. So, a song I’ve long loved, shorn of the agenda this blog found itself having to be part of these past few years. I don’t think anybody remembers a time when Jam 88.3 played stuff like this rather than the too-cool-for-school alternative it specializes in now. It’s an album track, from the arguably obscure Tears for Fears reunion record, and it sounds good even if the song is maybe about euthanasia. (So it applies here more?) Death. Definitely death. Our last four days are here, and I have so much left to do I’m feeling extra stressed out. But that’s why we’re closing this thing down… [NB]
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Joseph | This is the third cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” that I have written about on here. (There’s this. There’s this.) I am now honestly curious about the song’s appeal. I shouldn’t, to be honest – I was drawn to the original as a kid. But I was a kid, so I have little idea of how ubiquitous, or how inspiration, this song is, that it’s been covered by so many people. This one’s from Portland band Joseph, a band I should’ve heard of earlier, considering “White Flag”, a song built for me the same way Churchill’s “Change” was, was relatively everywhere – but I was listening elsewhere. But this cover’s of a different character – less jubilant, less rowdy (not that those adjectives really capture them), more contemplative. It’s the end of the year and we need time for that. [NB]
“Pale Shelter” by Secret Admirer | “We’re calling it black metal for supermodels because of the concept the album is written around,” says Matt Finney, one-third of the Montgomery, Alabama-based Secret Admirer. That album isn’t out yet, but they’re teasing a couple of tracks on their Bandcamp page, and it’s interesting. Something definitely from the Deftones book: a surprisingly appealing mix of shoegazer and ambient. I’m posting, of course, their cover of Tears for Fears’ “Pale Shelter”, because I’m a fan of the group, and they did a pretty good job with this cover, even if you’re waiting for the song to kick in (and, yes, it already has). [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Clare & the Reasons | Another cover. Another cover of a song I’ve previously written about, although in this case what I wrote about is another cover. Okay, no more tongue twisters. What’s it with Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and everybody covers it? I wrote about the Care Bears on Fire cover, and now, I’m writing about the cover by Brooklyn trio Clare & the Reasons. (Side note: another flag up for FIP. They have really good radio stations, the French.) The string quartet intro gets a little used to – and at first listen, it jarred – but after listening to it, I don’t know, ten or fifteen times, I realize that I love how the violins play into the whole thing. That synth riff turned stringy? Lovely, innit?
By the time you read this, the series finale of Fringe has aired. It is one of my favorite television shows ever, one I began watching (back in my old job) to compensate for the fact that I have never seen Lost (which I later had to do). No spoilers on my end – no, really, because I’m writing this on a Wednesday – but let’s just say it was a good finale, yes? I’m assuming it is, and I trust that it is. Anyway, that show in a music blog? Yep, because John Noble’s lovely Walter Bishop knows his classic rock, going on LSD trips while listening to Traffic, or in this particular clip’s case, singing Tears for Fears’ “Head Over Heels” while high on weed. And telling a story to his colleague’s nephew. This clip is off Fringe‘s musical episode, “Brown Betty”, which surprisingly wasn’t irrelevant at all, despite the fact that the gimmick was because of Fox’s “musical week”, no doubt fueled by Glee‘s then awesomeness. But that had a very good playlist. Traffic, Stevie Wonder, and those singing corpses… that is as mind bending as the show was, and – forgive me – let this be my little way of saying thanks to everyone involved.