leave your inhibitions at the door
Good golly was that a rough Lollapalooza 2012 last weekend. How rough? Well, I haven’t posted anything since last Friday. And it got me saying “Good golly.” (I’m no marine biologist, but I think that’s a couple shades more intense than “Holy balls.”) But I’ve never EVER let a few days of heavy partying or a busy schedule prevent me from blogging. What was the culprit? Alas, it was something a heckuva lot more mundane – I forgot to pack my camera cords and couldn’t transfer pictures until I got back home a day or so ago. Damn technology.
One of the bands that I was looking forward to seeing was Canada’s Walk Off the Earth. These guys have become major YouTube sensations, mainly because their super cool version of Gotye’s “Somebody I used to know” that went viral -
They’ve posted a whole bunch of other covers and many of them had over 8 million views. Their instrumentation and arrangements are really innovative and a helluva lot of fun. Such as this version of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” –
And it’s clear they have some great talent. This mesmerizing version of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” completely blew my mind and is probably better than the original -
All that madness, plus the chick in the band is hot.
So I was truly pumped to see them. The question was, “What are they going to play?” As artists, I’m sure they want to be known for their own material as opposed to being the world’s greatest cover band. And here was their golden opportunity to play their own songs play at a one of the world’s great music festivals. Yet, how do you ignore the fact that 135 million people viewed your Gotye cover? I was sure that people would be screaming for some of their covers like we used to yell for “Freebird!” at concerts. (Still wondering why the Chicago Symphony Orchestra didn’t do it for us…) So would they be artists or crowd-pleasers? Originals or covers?
I had missed the first part of their set because I was watching another band and it took a while to find the small stage they were playing. But when I finally found them, I walked up to a smallish crowd jumping up and down to…. their own material. And it wasn’t good. I stuck around for about three songs, so I don’t know if they did any of their famous covers.
It wasn’t horrible like Black Sabbath the night before (you’ll have to wait til next week for that post). It just wasn’t very innovative or worthy of a festival like Lollapalooza. Their music had this college fratboy party band vibe – lots of reggae, acoustic guitars, funk beats, some rap all mixed together. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate that kind of music and they’d be a blast to see at a bar or street festival. However, they were playing at the same time as Franz Ferdinand, Calvin Harris, and The Weeknd. They were woefully out of their league.
But this is Guilty Pleasures Friday! Let’s put away all that silly talk of “art.” Here’s their great version of Adele’s “Someone Like You.”
And you know it’s a good cover when I use the words “great” and “Adele” in the same sentence.
Cool stuff, eh? Am I being too harsh on them? If you’re a fan, any of their originals you can suggest that will change my mind? Are you still in shock that I used “Good golly?”