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Monday, May 30, 2005

Hawthorne Heights and Gorillaz

"Ohio is for Lovers" Hawthorne Heights- This video centers on a decrepit house, spiders and creepy "The Shining"-esque little girl included. The little girl seems to turn into a young woman's... shadow? I think this was once a fully developed "plot" (because I am an optimist) which suffered in editing. So we instead get gratuitous shots of the band in all their depressed longing. I don't like this song, or genre (see The Used), but in particular, the lyrics here ar so smack you in the face obvious that it's almost insulting to the listener. "So cut my wrists and black my eyes/ So I can fall asleep. Or die" yeah, not subtle at all. This is a more personal pet peeve, but the whole "____ is for Lovers" trend totally bugs me. I grew up in the DC Metro area (in Maryland) and the slogan is "Virginia is for Lovers". Now, some 10 years later, the phrase bas been adopted by every punk/emo band out there and it REALLY grates my nerves for some reason. Anyway, crappy boring video, annoyingly expository song, hella annoying title. I say good day to you, Hawthorne Heights.

"Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz- Ok, I love this video and song, so this will most likely be all kinds of biased. Tought, my blog, not yours. In the Gorillaz cartoon world, we come upon a room suffering what looks like the after effects of a post concert party. The singer looks all depressed, the bass player is lying in a pile of women (cause us bass players are sexy like that), and the drummer is at the drums, ready to play. This may seem odd to most people, but I know many percussionists, and it's totally on. The video seems to chronicle the Don Quixote-like obsession with a windmill expressed by the singer. The verses by De La Soul are very good, and a nice counterpoint in mood and style. The song overall is very catchy, when it was in the iPod commercial I loved it, and I love it still. The video is good visually, and fits the mood of the song well. Another great Gorillaz video and song. Woo!

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