Friday, January 14, 2011

4/50: The Smiths "Big Mouth Strikes Again" / 5/50: Crystal Castles "Untrust Us"

50 Songs in 50 Days
The Smiths "Big Mouth Strikes Again"

Wow, it's only been three days and I'm already falling behind! I really hope this wont happen again but to make up for it, I'll blog two songs today. My first choice is by probably my favorite band to come out of the 80's, The Smiths. "Big Mouth Strikes Again" is what John Mayer's "My Stupid Mouth" wishes it could be. On their third disc, The Queen is Dead, this song has always been the perfect Smiths song for me because it incorporates everything that The Smiths were really good at: fast paced, catchy choruses, the dark and mysterious vocals of Mr. Steven Patrick himself, smart references in their lyrics ("and now I know how Joan of Arc felt") and best of all, self loathing! Here's a fun fact I picked up from Wikipedia; apparently that high pitched voice in the background singing along with Morrissey is also Morrissey but in a higher pitch. The vocals are credited to an Ann Coates which is a reference to Ancoats, an area near their hometown in the United Kingdom, Manchester.

Crystal Castles "Untrust Us"

Sampling from a song by fellow Canadians Death From Above 1979, Crystal Castles have mashed together some of the best minuets of music they've created in their career, so far. Since it's the first song on their 2008 self titled and major label debut, this has inevitably been the song many fans have listened to first when they're introduced to the band and I feel like if you don't like this song, you probably won't like anything by this band, so they definitely picked a good song to start off with. Ethan Kath and Alice Glass really are on a level that most electronic bands aren't and I'm really glad they're getting recognized for that.

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