SOUNDTRACK: MOXY FRÜVOUS-You Will Go to The Moon (1997).
Moxy Früvous’ fourth disc is their most well-rounded. It runs a full gamut of styles from pop to silly to ragga and a capella.
“Michigan Militia” begins the disc with a banjo-fueled rap about well, the Michigan Militia. It is topical, (meaning dated, although I suppose they are still around) and takes a pointed look at right-wingers. “Get in the Car” is upbeat and poppy, an R.E.M.-type alterna-rock song. “Ive Gotta Get a Message to You” is a Bee Gees cover! And it is as catchy as the Bee Gees can be (although far less disco-y).
“Lazlo’s Career” is a smooth folksy acoustic track with fun interstitial bits.
There’s some mellow tracks in the middle, until “No No Raja” breaks out some cool middle eastern sounds. “The Incredible Medicine Show” is a great psychedelic-Beastlesesque song about plastic surgery and other quick fixes. Catchy and pointed.
Meanwhile, “Your New Boyfriend” is fast paced and great (“Your new boyfriends a bit…of a right wing shit”). “Kick in the Ass” is hilarious barbershop (with drums) song about people who deserve a kick in the ass (telemarketers calling during supper, that guy who wrote the book about the bell curve). “Boo Time” is a jazzy fast paced bit of nonsense.
“Love Set Fire” would be the closest to “The Drinking Song” or “Gulf War Song” (from Bargainville), but doesn’t quite reach the majesty of those masterpieces. And finally, the title track is a full a capella treat about futuristic life on the moon.
There’s a funny thread on Amazon reviews about this disc being anti-American. Yet really the only people who should be offended by “Michigan Militia” is the Michigan Militia. It’s not anti-USA it’s anti-creepy-right-wing-separatists. Plus, listen to all of the US fans singing along to it on Live Noise.
[READ: June 24, 2009] “The True Sorrows of Calamity Jane”
This story is the final of the four stories in The Walrus‘ Summer Fiction Issue. This one is described as a Western, although it’s only a Western in that it is set in the West and concerns Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Now, I don’t know a single thing about these two characters, historically.
Did they date? Beats me. But in this story they did. And the narrator is the offspring of Calamity Jane (but not Wild Bill).
For after Wild Bill died, Calamity Jane more or less lost her mind and made some bad choices. The narrator’s point is to absolve Calamity Jane of any criticisms and to drag her name back out of the mud. And I guess that’s nice.
As you can tell I wasn’t big on this story. Not my genre, so I missed a lot, I think.
For easier searching I’m also adding this spelling: Moxy Fruvous.