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Isn't it ironic? v1.1

When posting about Panic last Wednesday, I forgot to mention a couple of things:

The people blowing bubbles
In the middle of the mosh pit. During 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' Respect is due. It was great watching people double-take:
'Ner-ner ner-ner ner-ner... Ooooooh! Pretty!'

The guy wearing the 'Les Miserables' t-shirt
Now that's irony.

The ska covers of old songs
'Come On Eileen' by Dexy's Midnight Runners?
Briefly amusing, given my previous exposure to the original was entirely thanks to tooth-grittingly dire college 'bops' (EVERY fucking time), it was briefly amusing to hear in such a different context. I didn't really need to hear the whole thing, though, thanks.
'Rio' by Duran Duran?
Less amusing, as the only association this one has is Lee and Herring doing a throw-away joke about it on 'This Morning With Richard Not Judy'. Bouncy enough to jig about to, I guess, but so was the original, wasn't it? And that's not 'indie/alternative', is it?
Both in the same night?

What I wonder is: were they both by the same band? Or is there more than one band out there covering 80s 'classics' in a jaunty 90s style for a 'jaded is so passé' 2k audience? Sometimes irony can go too far.

That said, I've got a wicked-cool ska cover of the Tetris theme tune.
And China Drum's fantastic grungy cover of 'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush is a Panic staple.


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Feb. 26th, 2002 01:11 pm (UTC)
Current site: Roleplaying isn't good for you. See?

Saw that on the news last night. Happened just down the road from where I am (note the North Carolina bye-line).
Feb. 26th, 2002 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if these are the right bands (EVERYONE seems to do ironic 80's covers nowadays), but if the version of "Come On Eileen" had a female vocalist, it was probably No Doubt rip-off band "Save Ferris," while the cover of "Rio" might be the ska cover by Goldfinger. On a related note, do any of these pop-punk/ fourth wave ska bands realize that the whole "It's from the 80's, and we're playing it because it sucks" thing has been done to fucking death? I think there should be a mortitorium on 80's covers until someone does something daring, like, say, transform a Styx song into something worth listening to.
Feb. 27th, 2002 03:38 am (UTC)
Check out the ska cover of Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" by Bim Ska La Bim.

Feb. 27th, 2002 03:39 am (UTC)
Did I really use the phrase "check out"? I meant listen to. Whats with me?
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