Aussie Ninja likes to rock on, in his garage
Thu, 13 April 2006
by: Australian Ninja
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Sometimes money just burns a whole in my pocket. It's at those times that I really think I should tell those damn Smurfs living in the pocket of my jeans to stop lighting campfires.
Occasionally awesome things appear in our lives rather unexpectedly. As I wandered the aisles in Brand X Megastore purchasing some fine DVDs by the name of Deadwood [series one and two] I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. Yes, my peripheral vision noticed an exciting proposition. Not the Aussie Proposition, I mean the Spiderbait - Greatest Hits music CD with bonus DVD. Tempting me forth I handled this curious package chock full of listening goodness. Should I purchase such a thing, should I not?
Should I consider that Astro Boy, Felix the Cat and Sonic the Hedgehog may have been birthed by the same parents, I mean look at their faces and haircuts. But maybe they just followed the trends. Having no idea how many albums Spiderbait have released I really was unsure if I needed this collection. Fortunately years of Triple J listening has given me some insight into the Rockingness of Spiderbait. Putting two and two together I realised math had no real world value for me but 'emotional impulse buy' held some sway. Finally I looked at the price and my Spiderbait-sense started tingling. Twenty big ones, hell I could do almost no wrong getting a music CD with twenty-two tracks and a bonus DVD with twenty-six music videos.
So I bought the thing after much dicking about while in Super Corporate Megastore X.
The Amazing CD:
On the CD we have twenty-two glorious tracks spanning the career of Spiderbait.
One of the things that I love about Spiderbait is they have the ability to make good Rock [with a dash of Punk and Heavy Metal] songs and bubbly Pop songs and mix them into varied and interesting albums.
'Stevie' has the high energy of a young schoolgirl on Cola and sweeps you away with its happy happy joy joy feeling and the catchy lyrics stick in your head all day long.
'On My Way' to me is just a great rock tune. It grabs you with its fantastic beat and simple lyrics. When it's finished you just want to hear it over and over again.
The cover version of 'Black Betty' bounces along at a frenetic pace pretty much guaranteeing you'll be tapping your foot or moving your body in some way to the beat.
'You're Fucken Awesome' is another great track and it wins the award for "Best Song Title.. Ever."
'Four on the Floor' sends me into a frenzy whenever I hear it. Singing along and jumping about like an idiot is compulsory with this one.
'Joyce's Hut' won't harsh your mallow with its zesty melancholic flavour. Mmmm.. Melancholic.
'Run' moves faster than a house cat on speed. If you have heart problems best not to rock out with this one.
'Old Man Sam' will have you cracking open a frothy cold one. I really like this track - it's just kooky and fun - and as Russell Coight would say "Top Stuff"
Special mention should be made of Fazz's favourite track 'Scenester.'
The Spectacular DVD:
|Mugwai hates this band. Aussie Ninja loves 'em. Different strokes for different folks. I can dig that. |
I'd be the first to put my hand up and say that I don't really give a toss about music videos.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the clips on the DVD. Most videos seemed to fall into one of three categories. (a) Footage of the band (b) random rapidly changing scenes of everyday things with occasional shots of the band (c) animated videos.
By far I enjoyed the animated ones the most. The clips for the animated videos are so light hearted and fun. I went tingly all over just watching them.
'Ass hugging pants' - this song is so funky that you will need a court order to keep Disco Stu out of your home.
'Outta My Head' features a CGI video with an anime style giant robot and big eyed pilot.
'Glockenpop' and 'Calypso' have cool CGI animated videos also and these two are my favourites by far.
'Spanish Galleon' is filmed like it was a western movie, its pretty sweet to watch.
'Old Man Sam' this video contains Beer, Burnouts and Footy - 'Nuff said.
'Run' is my overall favourite. I guess you could call it an homage to "The Goodies." TV show. Great fun to watch.
'Shazam' has Monty Python style animation with psychedelic kaleidoscope backgrounds. Probably the most unique video clip of the lot.
The Sensational Book:
Okay it's not really a book.
You got excited for a bit though, didn't you? The booklet / insert lists all songs and their lyrics. It also has little written comments about each track by the band members. I didn't notice them at first within all the small text. Throughout the whole book is a continuing line of small graphics, pictures of the band and the various cartoon characters that feature in the music videos and album covers. The layout style of the art impressed me as I got to see all those little toon bits in one book.
The whole package [CD, DVD, and Booklet] just says 'quality.' The songs are fun to listen to, the music videos to watch and the lyrics book is stylish. Overall the presentation and quality of this product is wonderful and I wish more bands had collections released as good as this one.
I know this product was released a while back, but I felt compelled to let other Buttonhole readers and contributors know about it. Whether you are totally into Spiderbait, or just a casual fan such as myself, "Spiderbait - Greatest Hits" is a fantastic package at a bargain price. I am so glad I picked it up.
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