Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Wave Mangling

I've frequently mentioned old punk, new wave and rock songs, mainly ones I like, that have been used in broadcast advertising in this blog, sometimes to good, other times horrible or humorous, effect.
Most of these songs used are by their original artists or the artists who made the song famous/popular, so sometimes, covers or reworkings can really catch one's attention, and yes, one has caught mine.
The version of the Human League's "(Keep Feeling) Fascination," by Rob Crow of the band Pinback (who?) in the newest Kingsford Charcoal, is absolutely awful and painful, an amazingly slow, mawkish acoustic rendition you'd cut someone off at an open mic if he or she sang it this way. And if you feel fascination from the charcoal or other substances you use to start your grill, well, you're worse off than help can revive.


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