I just found out about this “supergroup” which was created for the Trailer Park Boys Movie. The group consists of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush, drummer Jeff Burrows from The Tea Party and three people I don’t know: the singer from Three Days Grace, the singer/guitarist from Thornley and on lead vocals Care Failure from Die Mannequin.
I have to say that I’m not that excited by this cover. The song has been covered so many times (some very good: The Clash, some very clever: The Dead Kennedys, and some terrible: many others). And frankly there’s not much that you can do with this song. It’s simple in structure with potential for shouting (which everyone likes), but little else.
For Rush fans, you can’t tell that Geddy or Alex are even on it. So really it’s just a kind of metal-ish version of this old song.
Oh well, they can’t all be zingers. You can hear it here.
[READ: February 1, 2011] Polaroids from the Dead
After reading Shampoo Planet, I wanted to see if I remembered any of Coupland’s books. So I read this one. It’s entirely possible that when I bought this book I was disappointed that it was not a new novel and never read it. Because I don’t remember a thing about this book. (This is seriously calling into question my 90’s Coupland-love!).
But I’m glad I read it now. It’s an interesting time-capsule of the mid-90s. It’s funny to see how the mid 90s were a time of questioning authority, of trying to unmask fame and corporate mega-ness. At the time it seemed so rebellious, like everything was changing, that facades were crumbling. Now, after the 2000s, that attitude seems so quaint. Reading these essays really makes me long for that time when people were willing to stand up for what they believed in and write books or music about it (sire nothing changed, but the soundtrack was good).
So, this collection is actually not all non-fiction. Part One is the titular “Postcards from the Dead.” It comprises ten vignettes about people at a Grateful Dead concert in California in 1991. As Coupland points out in the intro to the book, this was right around their
Shades of Grey album album In the Dark, and huge hit “Touch of Grey”, when they had inexplicable MTV success and it brought in a new generation of future Deadheads. He also points out that this is before Jerry Garcia died (which is actually helpful at this removed distance).
These stories are what Coupland does best: character studies and brief exposes about people’s lives. The stories introduce ten very different people, and he is able to create a very complex web of people in the parking lot of the show (we don’t see the concert at all). As with most Coupland of this era, the characters fret about reality. But what’s new is that he focuses on older characters more (in the first two novels adults were sort of peripheral, although as we saw in Shampoo, the mother did have millennial crises as well). But in some of these stories the focus is on older people (Coupland was 30 in 1991, gasp!). And the older folks fret about aging and status, just like the young kids do. (more…)