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Feel the love for Electric Six – videos from their album Fire

19 October 2017 Leave a comment
Electric Six's 2003 album debut 'Fire' earned the group significant critical success

Electric Six’s 2003 album debut ‘Fire’ earned the group significant critical success

This is the 2nd post (in what I plan to be a series of posts) about the music I listen to and enjoy. My first was about Darwin Deez.

This post is about the very unique band that is Electric 6, and specifically about their 2003 debut album ‘Fire’ which earned the group significant critical success. It’s a fun album with some brilliant tracks which will put a smile on any face.

“Danger! High Voltage” achieved number 2 on the UK singles chart. Their second single “Gay Bar”, released in 2003, reached No. 5. “Dance Commander”, finally gave Electric Six its third Top 40 single (from this album) in the UK. The album itself reached the top 10 in the UK album chart.

Hailing from Detroit in Michigan, USA, their videos are very amusing and well worth watching. Deliberately low budget, they often don’t feature the band at all and instead feature actors pretending to be the singer – Dick Valentine.

The band’s eccentricity

One thing that also amuses me about their whole persona is the germanesque feel, like they’re a dodgy euro-pop/rock band. Just listen to the singer’s pronunciation of words throughout their songs (“rrrr-ight!”) or for example how he’s dressed in the Danger! High Voltage video to see what I mean (nice tache!). All of which is very eccentric, slightly bizarre or awkward (some would even say creepy) depending on how serious you want to take it all. I personally find it really funny and great entertainment. Which is what you want a band to be.

Dance Commander

This music video features the band’s frontman Dick Valentine dancing erratically around a house.

It’s a slightly different mix of the song and received significant airplay on MTV.

Danger! High Voltage

Now depending on who you believe, this track features Dick Valentine and Jack White (of the White Stripes) singing together. The lady in the video with a brightly flashing codpiece and bra is actress Tina Kanarek. Dick Valentine, the band’s singer, is the strange man looking straight at the camera and giving seductive looks.

Gay Bar

In the video an actor impersonating Dick Valentine is dressed as Abraham Lincoln, for no real apparent reason.


Another tongue-in-cheek video. Excellent.

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29 July 2015 Leave a comment

Imagine a radio station where there’s non-stop music, all the time.

Absolutely no talking from any DJ. No chatter whatsoever.

PLUS no adverts or promotions! None at all. Just decent song after decent song with the odd jingle now and then so you knew which radio station you were listening to..

How refreshing would that be right?

Well we were lucky to come across just such a fantastic radio station whilst on holiday in Spain.

Memory FM – – is a brilliant radio station and quite unlike any other that I’ve ever come across (and we really like 6 music).


They play all old hits, no modern music like rap or modern pop. Instead they play loads of Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie, The Bee Gees, plus disco, rock, 80’s electronic, folk, soul, Motown, Crooners and so much more that I’ve failed to mention.

It’s such a simple but refreshing format for a radio station. You can probably tell I’m quite smitten.

It’s available on 88.50FM if you’re ever in south Spain near Malaga. I highly recommend you just put it on and leave it in the background playing cool music.

I just wish it was available to listen to on a UK radio. I’ll miss how easy it is to listen to when back in Blighty. I suppose I could listen via their website but listening via the Internet isn’t great or indeed possible everywhere.

So if you’re listening Memory FM, please do expand and make your great radio station an international one!

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Feel the love for Darwin Deez

19 July 2013 1 comment
Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I first discovered Darwin Deez, it was through Spotify. They’re so quirky and unique; a really ace NY indie band.

The upbeat jangly guitar sounds, melodic chord progressions and rhythms, the catchy melodies and of course the charismatic front man himself – Darwin Smith – are all very cool and very endearing and likeable.

I then looked at their stuff on YouTube and completely fell back in love with music videos.They’re so well thought out and entertaining to watch.

Check out the below and see why I’m raving so much…!

Who are Darwin Deez? (blurb taken from the official youtube channel)

An equal mix of indie, wacky, Beck, and Fleetwood Mac, Brooklyn’s Darwin Deez is skilled at mixing sunshine pop with some indie attitude and lo-fi dissonance, but he’s been known to drive audiences crazy with his offbeat, Napoleon Dynamite-like dance routines.

After spending time in the N.Y.C. band Creaky Floors, Deez formed the band that sports his name and released the infectious indie pop single “Constellations.”

Live shows where the bandmembers entered dancing to “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” made them the talk of the Brooklyn hipster set, while the U.K. caught on thanks to their early-2010 single “Radar Detector” and its extremely bonkers video.

That same year the band collected all its best “happy songs for sad people” for a self-titled debut album released by the Lucky Number label.

~ David Jeffries, Rovi


Weird and awkward choreography to go with a song about breaking up.


A Carl Sagan tribute. goes into detail about it.

You can’t be my girl

A brilliant video; a story of unrequited love, told using stock video footage.

Free (The Editorial Me)

A cool video where he’s trapped in some kind of momentary Groundhog Day time-vortex. When he tries to break out of it, things get weird. It’s a clever concept that runs throughout the whole video.

Note the copy of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Being and Nothingness” in Michelle’s hand when she spills the coffee – an existentialist reference.

Radar Detector

A video based on the book called the Bento Box of Useless Japanese Inventions. It captures the bright weirdness of the band, with lots of eye-popping colour and bizarre adventures.

Up in the clouds

Deez undergoes several weather related punishments to win back his air traffic controller girlfriend.

Bad Day

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Covers just waiting to be hits

15 June 2013 Leave a comment
Grace (Jeff Buckley album)

Grace (Jeff Buckley album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the years there’s been some excellent cover versions. Many of which have been much much better than the original.

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (originally by Leonard Cohen) and All Along the Watch Tower by Jimi Hendrix (a Bob Dylan song) are just a couple of great examples where the song is popularly associated with the cover artist rather than the original writer.

But what about future cover versions. Can we predict what would do well for modern artists if they covered particular songs?

Below are a few songs where I think these artists could make really good versions and do the original proud, if not better:

The Clapping Song by Shirley Ellis – should be covered by Fat Boy Slim.

Fat Boy Slim’s been off the scene for a while and enjoying it too as he describes in this Independent interview. But if he ever wanted to make a quick fire hit, this song would make for a classic big beat song with the pounding drums and brass section.


I Can Make You Feel Good by Shalamar – should be covered by Peter Andre

In a similar vein to the first song, this cover would also help get the cover artist back into the limelight. If Peter Andre ever decided to turn his back on reality shows and documentaries and try his hand again at making another pop song, I think this would suit him down to a tee.


She Makes My Day by Robert Palmer – should be covered by One Direction

This song would really suit any boy band covering it , not just one Direction, as the chorus has harmonies and layered lyrics which would suit a group performing it. It’s also slushy as hell, so your sister, mum and gran would all love it!


What other songs do you think would make good covers and for who?

5 reasons why you should listen to NoFX (as they are one of the best punk bands ever)

2 October 2012 Leave a comment

NOFX (Photo credit: jgarber)

We love NoFX. They write brilliant two-minute punk songs (for example Monosyllabic girl) which mostly rant against authority figures, the system, and anything else that comes to mind – music which they’ve now released for over almost 30 years.

They’re also great to see live, do not take themselves too seriously (My Heart is Yearning), and have a love of alcohol and ridiculously-themed song titles (such as Clams Have Feelings Too (Actually They Don’t)).

All in all a great punk rock band that we hope never fully grow up.

We look at why they’re so talented…

1. They write bloody good punk songs

The band’s sound is diverse utilizing elements of various music genres – although mostly fast-paced pop punk, it’s mixed with punk rock, skate punk, melodic hardcore, ska punk, and other music genres.   They harmonise vocals well (Whatever Didi Wants) and can even sing in French! (Champs Elysees).

2. They’re anti-American

Not so much anti-American but anti-Republican and especially anti-George.W.Bush (and for good reason as these were the rehab years for America).  Because of this, they are largely disliked in conservative American culture. Perfect Government is a good example of an anti-Whitehouse rant, as is Murder the Government.

3. They mix punk with politics

Songs often focus on issues such as politics,society, racism, sexism, homophobia, class inequalities, drug use, the music industry, and religion.   Fat Mike, the charismatic frontman for the band is bold, sarcastic and political, and out to make people think and push a few buttons. The War on Errorism, is their 2003 album of mostly political songs.

4. They’re one of the most successful independent bands of all time

They’ve released 11 studio albums and sold over 6 million records worldwide, making NOFX one of the most successful independent bands of all time.   The band rose to popularity with their fifth studio album Punk in Drublic (1994), which was certified gold in both the United States and Canada, and is now considered a classic punk album by fans and critics alike.

5. They shun exposure

For years the band made a point to avoid all areas of mass media and consented to very few interviews, fostering a relationship that is non-existent rather than bad.   They’ve only made a few music videos, citing the fact that the band does not need any more exposure and that people were exploiting the group.   The band has also refused permission for its music videos to be broadcast on MTV, VH1, and similar music channels, although its music has been played on Canada’s Much Music.   As a whole, they tend to attempt to promote themselves in the way of any other underground punk band, rather than exploit the opportunities available to them.

Links and references

Tell us what you think!

  • Have we missed anything in the above that you love about the band or their music?
  • What’s your favourite NoFX song?

Habanera – French to English translation of the famous aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet

18 June 2012 2 comments

We’ve always liked the song Habanera; the famous aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet.

We even played it at our wedding service after all our happy families wandered out of the church after the service!


French to English translation of the Habanera

French Translation in English
L’amour est un oiseau rebelle
que nul ne peut apprivoiser,
et c’est bien en vain qu’on l’appelle,
s’il lui convient de refuser.Rien n’y fait, menace ou prière.l’un parle bien, l’autre se tait:
Et c’est l’autre que je préfère,
Il n’a rien dit mais il me plaît.L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour!L’amour est enfant de Bohème,
il n’a jamais, jamais connu de loi;
si tu ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime:
si je t’aime, prends garde à toi! (x2)L’oiseau que tu croyais surprendre
battit de l’aile et s’envola …
l’amour est loin, tu peux l’attendre;
tu ne l’attends plus, il est là!

Tout autour de toi, vite, vite,
il vient, s’en va, puis il revient …
tu crois le tenir, il t’évite,
tu crois l’éviter, il te tient.

L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour!
L’amour est enfant de Bohème,
il n’a jamais, jamais connu de loi;
si tu ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime:
si je t’aime, prends garde à toi! (x2)

Love is a rebellious bird
that nobody can tame,
and you call him quite in vain
if it suits him not to come.Nothing helps, neither threat nor prayer.One man talks well, the other’s mum;
it’s the other one that I prefer.
He’s silent but I like his looks.Love! Love! Love! Love!
Love is a gypsy’s child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;
if I love you, you’d best beware! etc.The bird you thought you had caught
beat its wings and flew away …
love stays away, you wait and wait;
when least expected, there it is!

All around you, swift, so swift,
it comes, it goes, and then returns …
you think you hold it fast, it flees
you think you’re free, it holds you fast.

Love! Love! Love! Love!
Love is a gypsy’s child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;if I love you, you’d best beware!

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Compus Minkus: Music For the Eclectic Connoisseur

17 April 2012 Leave a comment
  • Eclectic (ih-klek-tik). adjective. 1. selecting or choosing from various sources. 2. made up of what is selected from different sources.
  • Connoisseur (kon-uh-sur, -soor). 1. a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art. 2. a discerning judge of the best in any field.
  • Compus Minkus (kom-pus min-kus). noun 1. a method for being introduced to great music, esp. that of which you may not normally listen to.
  • Mentos (men-tus). noun 1. a music playlist combining well known and lesser known songs together.

Compus Minkus: Mixed Mentos 1

HTTP Link: Compus Minkus Mixed Mentos 1 / Spotify URI: Compus Minkus Mixed Mentos 1

1. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas

2. The Ipcress File – John Barry

3. Blackpool Roll – Mr. Scruff

4. Chills and Fever – Tom Jones

5. Under Cover of Darkness – The Strokes

6. Miss Ann’s Tempo – Grant Green

7. Know Your Enemy – Rage Against the Machine

8. Got Myself a Good Man – Pucho

9. Never Forget You – The Noisettes

10. Photobooth – Friendly Fires

11. Get A Move On – Mr. Scruff

12. My Favourite Mistake – Sheryl Crow

13. Ironside – Quincey Jones

14. The Clapping Song – Shirley Ellis

15. Avon – Queens of the Stone Age

16. Side Saddle – Russ Conway

17. A Night in Tunisia – Miles Davis, Charlie Parker

18. Santeria – Sublime

19. Hey Ya! – Outkast

20. Fill Your Heart – David Bowie

21. Freak Like Me – Sugarbabes

22. Jumbo – Underworld

23. In Love – The Datsuns

24. Apache – Incredible Bongo Band

25. Ooah La La – The Wiseguys

26. Miss You – The Rolling Stones

27. The Knack – John Barry

28. The Mexican – Babe Ruth


Please comment below on what your favourite song is within this playlist, or what other songs should ideally have been included.

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