Monday, February 02, 2009

Unexpected But Lovely Swerve Into Left Field

One of 2008's best musical moments happened when a superstar emo-rock band made the daring choice to totally change their style on their second album, pouring their emo urgency and breathless pace into a cauldron with Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles and psychedelia..  Why did they do it? 'We wanted to sound happier...'  : - )

That's what Las Vegas-based Panic! At The Disco attempted mid-year with the album 'Pretty. Odd.' - Of course, it was a commercial failure, but a critical success.

Today's Song of the Week is the awesome 'Mad As Rabbits,' a lightning-speed musical arrow of wonder, harmony, and poetically nonsensical lyrics. It's what Brian would call 'baked.' ;- )  Enjoy this clip, live from Sweden, for the seldom-heard but awesome 'Rabbits' after which I've posted clips of their two massive radio hits from 2005.

Their two mega-hits had clever, arcane titles that appeared nowhere in the lyrics, foreshadowing the quirkiness that was yet to come.. The first hit is called 'The Only Difference Between Suicide and Martyrdom is Press Coverage' - here they shake it live...

Their even bigger, second hit, is a tale of cruel wedding gossip known to many as 'closing a goddamn door' is named 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies...' This is from 'Jimmy Kimmel...'

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