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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.

Synthesiser

Another tongue-in-cheek video. Excellent.

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memoryfm.es

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 – http://www.memoryfm.es/ – 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

DNA

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

Constellations

A Carl Sagan tribute. theberadblog.com/2010/09/14/new-darwin-deez-video-constellations 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

Video by www.anikainlondon.com.

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