Friday, September 25, 2009

BIBJ Playlist of the 2000s entry #73: Good Weekend by Art Brut

Full Details of the BIBJ Millennial Playlist Hullabaloo are available here. Today's entry is #73: Good Weekend by Art Brut (2005)

I spent Halloween night 2007 at The Metro, seeing The Hold Steady and Art Brut – an outstanding double bill of bands whose lead singers talk as much as (or more than) they actually sing. Eddie Argos spent the performance donning an Elvis jumpsuit and spending nearly as much time in the crowd as he did on stage. Needless to say, it was one of the more entertaining performances I've ever seen from a front man wearing no shoes on his socks.

Bang Bang Rock and Roll is a perhaps the most “meta” rock album in years. It’s not a comedy album, but few albums contain more brilliantly funny lines, simultaneously mocking and embracing the fodder that has launched a million rock songs. "Formed a Band" opens the album by doing little more than literally shouting out "Look at us. We formed a band!" "My Little Brother" laments the sibling who just discovered rock and roll, and as a result "no longer listens to A-sides." The title cut even takes the piss out The Velvet Underground.

But I'm most partial to "Good Weekend." Few victory cries ring with as much pure joy as Argos' exclamation: "I've seen her naked! Twice!" You wouldn't get that from Lou Reed.

Art Brut - Good Weekend

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