Wednesday, September 03, 2008



Novelty Rock Video Clash Part Four: "We Don't Play Guitars" by Chicks on Speed

This is pretty ripe. The only problem is that it's unmitigated crap whereas great novelty rock is - more often that not - mitigated crap (I can't think of a better description of The Moldy Peaches).

For some reason, Carl's pick got me thinking about "Track X" by Sheep on Drugs. "Track X" is a terrible art school goth/novelty techno take on The Normal's "Warm Leatherette" - I believe that both songs were covered by Grace Jones. Unfortunately, Sheep on Drugs' crap was in no way mitigated. But it did get me thinking about the similarly-named Chicks on Speed - art school electroclash/novelty techno pranksters who also covered "Warm Leatherette".

Novelty lyrics can elevate fairly ordinary music to the realm of the avant garde. Often the line between arty experimentalism and goofy comedy is perilously thin. Ladies and gentlemen: Chicks on Speed, the Fuzzbox it's (kinda) okay to like.

2 comments:

Seb said...

I'm just slightly baffled that, admist all the glorious lunacy, neither you nor Carl busted out the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. But hey, no complaints, this has been a hoot to follow.

Biggie Samuels said...

I just can't believe I didn't get a chance to post some Ween before Carl threw in the towel.

Hopefully, we've made some serious points about humour in music along the way.