Monday, December 13, 2010

Putting On Your Levi

Today's SOTW achieves a rare feat: it is both arch satire and a memorable, very singable, well-constructed song.

I found this gem on 'Lonely Avenue,' a terrific collaboration between American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ben Folds and best-selling British author Nick Hornby ('High Fidelity,' 'About A Boy').

It's 'Levi Johnston's Blues,' which relives that famous teenager's sudden predicament, ingeniously contrasting jazz-rock verses with an anthemic, mock-aggressive chorus taken right off Levi's now-defunct MySpace page: 'I'm a (bleeping) redneck, I live to hang out with the boys/ play some hockey, do some fishing, kill some moose...'

Ben Folds was the leader of Ben Folds Five; here they are live singing 'The Battle Of Who Could Care Less...'

Ben Folds' breakthrough song, 'Rockin' The Suburbs' from 2001...

Here's Ben performing 'Levi Johnston's Blues' live in Austin...

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