December 8, 2009

"Let's have bizarre celebrations!"

#8 in the countdown of the best 100 songs of the first decade of the century.


AST said...

I sent the link to my grandson, who will undoubtedly love the graphics. He's three.

HelenParr said...

Didn't Outback Restaurant steal that song?

jaltcoh said...

If you mean "steal" literally, no, Outback Steakhouse didn't steal the song. Of Montreal sold Outback Steakhouse the right to use the same music with different lyrics. If you mean "steal" loosely, as in, the song was stolen from the fans because it was tainted by being used in a commercial, then yeah, arguably. But the band deserves the blame (if any) for that. The bandleader, Kevin Barnes, argued that the sale was good for the fans because it paid for the band's tour.

John Lynch said...

But we haven't been through 2010 yet. How do they know?

(2000 was the last year of the 20th century)

The Crack Emcee said...

Another awful confection presented to us by Ann - musical taste is definitely not your strong suit:

It was all good until those faggy vocals started (Are we ever going to be done with these half-men?) leading to a chorus that's beyond weak, weak, weak - the lyrics make no sense and the music doesn't even change - all of which makes me wish Of Montreal actually didn't exist.

You should want adventure, Ann - and, of course, you gotta have standards,...the higher the better:

It's "art", y'know?

LonewackoDotCom said...

Now that I got those kids off my lawn, I'll point out that much of the stuff that appears to be out there now is just more yuppie/quirky/hipster junk. Is there anything recent that's a) in English, b) non-electronic, c) has a folk component (rock or metal) and d) doesn't have those characteristics?

Penny said...

"Let's have bizarre celebrations!"

Does chair dancing to "Crazy" with the volume jacked up count?

Yeah, OK, thought not, but that's the best I could do tonight.

Damn, I love that song.

jaltcoh said...

But we haven't been through 2010 yet. How do they know?

(2000 was the last year of the 20th century)

How is this relevant to my list about this decade, the '00s? I didn't say anything about the "20th century."

jaltcoh said...

I've been waiting for the first criticism of my list (or part of it) for not being macho enough. I knew it would happen sooner or later.

The Crack Emcee said...

Yea, sorry, dude:

Problem: Too Much Cult (not Enough Culture)

Bissage said...

Loved the “Of Montreal” song. Loved the video.

A bright and sunny, delightful way to start a day that would be otherwise cold, grey, gloomy and rainy here in USDA Zone 6b.

Thanks for that and we’ll do our best to keep it in heavy rotation throughout the rest of the day!

The Crack Emcee said...

I call bullshit, Bissage:

Without the video, there is absolutely nothing about that song that can be called, "bright and sunny, delightful". It ain't some new version of "Don't worry, be happy" nor a modern "Brand New Key", but just some wimpy guy droning over under-done electronics about "cold, grey, gloomy and rainy" Antartica - ooh, that should warm you up, good.

Saying "Let's have bizarre celebrations!" ain't the same thing as actually creating one - even the jackass singing the song knows it's only a suggestion. There ain't enough imagination, or talent, in "Of Montreal" to actually pull it off in song (y'know, their supposed job) so they're letting the video fill in the blanks. Go ahead, "keep it in heavy rotation throughout the rest of the day!" to get that loving feeling:

Your punk ass will never leave the computer screen.

Comrade X said...

of bizarre celebrations, my favorite is Long Night, invented by the cavemen to celebrate the longest, coldest night in history when all the cavemen almost died, but didn't:

Caveman Holday episode 1
Caveman Holday episode 2

just 2 weeks til Long Night.

Youngblood said...

Wow. I just read through the entire list. Somebody likes Death Cab For Cutie and assorted side projects!

For anybody who needs to wash the emo out of their brains after that list, here's the Top 10 Songs of the Aughts That Youngblood Estimates Most Althouse Readers Haven't Heard. (In no particular order!)

10. Not Fair - Lily Allen (2009)

9. Up In The Room - Mr. Airplane Man (2004)

8. Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole - Scarling. (2003) (This one may or may not display a short ad before you're able to watch it. Sorry!)

7. Dead And Gone - The Ettes (2006)

6. Hard Rock Hallelujah - Lordi (2006)

5. Your Happiness - The Compulsive Gamblers (2000)

4. Debbie Loves Joey - Helen Love (2005)

3. Hey Sailor - Detroit Cobras (2001)

2. Wish You Were Here - Rasputina (2001) (The video has nothing whatsoever to do with the band.)

1. Start Wearing Purple - Gogol Bordello (2006)

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