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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

My Current Obsession

I was driving to work the other day when this song came on the radio, and for a moment, I was in an 80s time warp. At a stop light, I grabbed a pen and jotted down some lyrics to Google when I got to my computer. Seriously, I love this freaking song.

Keane, "The Lovers Are Losing"

I don't really have anything else to say, so here's another picture of Monsieur Almaric:


Blogger Yum-Yum said...

Scritti Politti and The Blue Nile, most definitely. Though I'm not sure if we've talked about Frazier Chorus before.

Your radio experience sounds like some hellish version of WKRP.

Why are those bikers chasing Mr. Keane? Is he Keane or is that the bands name? Anyway, don't you hate the fact that Universal won't let you embed their YouTube videos?

Wow, this is Mathieu guy is everywhere. ;)

6:50 AM  
Blogger Karim Amir said...

Keane is the band's name. The guy being chased is Tom Chaplin. Why the other two guys in the band aren't in the video is a question I don't know the answer to. :)

Yeah, the embedding prohibition is silly.

So...The Littlest Hobo. Tell me more!

Yeah, some of the radio station people were annoying, but the best part was when I worked in the middle of the night. No one gave a shit what I played, and I didn't have to interact with the grunge jerks. I still had to read their stupid ass comments, like on Eugenius's Oomalama, the cover sheet said, "Not bad for a major label." What?!?! Eugenius might be the most obscure band ever on a major label--and were probably only signed because Monsieur Cobain liked the lead singer's earlier work. It's not like they even got 120 Minutes airplay.

Funny related story--that Basic Instinct jerk reviewed the Afghan Whigs' Congregation. He wrote, "Just say no to major labels!" (They were one of the few non-grunge Sub Pop bands.) Shortly thereafter, the band was signed to Elektra...and released Gentlemen. Ha!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Yum-Yum said...

I was forced to watch The Little Hobo in school (I distinctly recall the cheers whenever the television would be wheeled into the classroom). I think must have saw an episode a day during grades 2-5, and remember that each would teach the audience a moral lesson (stealing is wrong, arson is bad, autoerotic asphyxiation is dangerous, etc.)

Some people in Canada want the Littlest Hobo theme to be the new national anthem.

The question I have is... why is everyone writing stuff all over the radio station CDs? (Obviously I've never worked at a radio station.)

Your grunge hate definitely runs much deeper than mine. I just thought it was a repackaged form of heavy metal. And blamed it for the firing of all the electro-friendly DJ's at CFNY.

Local T.O. weekly Now magazine called Mathieu "fabulous" in this week's issue.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Karim Amir said...

Oh, I should have explained that part.
Every CD that got airplay needed to be evaluated. So each CD would have a "cover sheet" with some one's review. Most importantly, this cover sheet contained information on curse words, e.g. "Do not play song #3--fuck, shit, goddamn!" We wanted to make the FCC happy so we could stay on the air.

What would happen, though, is one person would write a review, and then some dissenter would add his (or my case, her) two cents. The couch make-out guy and I--after we had broken up--got into a cover sheet debate about the Fatima Mansions' Lost in the Former West. He said it sounded like INXS; I strongly disagreed.

Speaking of INXS...autoerotic asphyxiation. Hee.

Mathieu is fabulous!

10:09 PM  

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