Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Spirit of the West

Today in Music History:

1970, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club 'Max's Kansas City'.
Spirit of the WestDon't know a lot about this band. I know they're Canadian. They come from Vancouver and they play Celtic music mixed with strong rock & roll. Does that sound like an odd mix? Well it works. I also know that armed only with a love of music and a fear of real work the original members recorded their first album 20 years ago. Today the group which had wisely changed its name to Spirit of the West continues to make records and earn far too little money.

And the biggest thing I know about this band is that in today's featured song, we have in the history of recorded music, the best use of a tuba and an accordion you have ever heard. When one thinks tuba you hardly think of rock, and in all fairness this song is more pop than rock (although they do rock). But in this case and in this song the tuba kicks ass. This song should be on anyone's top 100 songs of all time list for the tuba alone. If that isn't enough, then we have a lyric about an erection on a horse. Tubas, accordions, guitars and erections on a horse? Life is good.

And if Venice is Sinking by Spirit of the West

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