Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How Swede It Is

Today's Song/Video of the Week is "I Wouldn't Know What To Do" by Sweden's Honeydrips, and hasn't even been released in the US, though I suspect this will happen soon.

Honeydrips is actually a one-person group, populated by singer/songwriter Mikael Carlsson from Goteborg.

But the thing is, the music sounds like the work of a group, a wondergroup with influences as diverse as the Beatles, Morrissey, and Joy Division.

Two things won me over immediately:

1) several songs, including 'I Wouldn't Know,' have that mid-to-late 1960s sound I can never resist; and

2) one song uses a hilarious sample from Woody Allen's 'Annie Hall' about a neurotic 8-year old and his exasperated mother... (the hilarious 45 second Allen clip is presented below)

At left, the groovy album cover of "Here Comes The Future"

and, without further ado, the music itself:

Our lovely song of the week, 'I Wouldn't Know What To Do'

Their other, funkier, uptempo single, '(Lack Of) Love Will Tear Us Apart,' sounds like a space-age but classicist white girl group - he's clearly using girl singers, I think. His presence is limited to a short mid-song monologue. The title of course references Joy Division's woeful 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' though the music is certainly more hopeful. It's a more kinetic video as well.

From Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" - "The Universe Is Expanding":

Paul Lynde Snappy Answer of the Day:

Q: Which is better looking, a pixie or a fairy?
Lynde: I'll go for the fairy.

Cartoons du Jour:

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