Friday, 9 October 2015

Calgary Songs Project: Week One Wrap-Up

Okay, so it hasn't been a full week, but it's Friday and it feels like time for (a) a beer (or more) and (b) some sort of re-cap of stuff that has been suggested on this blog (and elsewhere) as recommendations for inclusion for the High Performance Rodeo Calgary Songs Project. There's been a great response - so thank you! And here are some extra picks that have come in:

An anonymous poster suggested "I Have Seen the Future" by Kris Demeanor, saying "It expresses something primal about the city. It's ugly, and that's a good thing." This is great pick, and timely with spectres of racism rearing their ugly heads in the federal election. 

Another anonymous poster wants us to include Forbidden Dimension's "Dial "M" For Monster", and says: "Ask yourself, does it get any more creepy cool than FD? and damn! that drum machine is so great." Yes. Yes it is. That's one of our favourite FD tracks, but is it THE best?

Booking guru Greg Curtis decided to go all out - which makes sense, considering how long he's been putting on shows in this city. He left a list lengthy list, noting, "I could do this for days...":
Primrods - Bully-Proof Vest
Gravity Thugs - Take You Down
Tinderbox - Bucket of Frogs
Samantha Savage Smith - The Score
Jane Hawley - Going Out of Style
Dragon Fli Empire - Mt. Pleasant
Tariq - Chevrolet Way
Same Difference - Kiss of Ice
Dudes - Dropkick Queen of the Weekend
Chad VanGaalen - Clinically Dead
Tegan and Sara - Walking With the Ghost
Reuben and the Dark - Like a Rolling Stone
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald - Brand New Spaces
Chad VanGaalen has such a huge and impressive body of work (already!) that it's going to tricky to pick just one song of his, as well. Why not "Gubbish"? Anyways, clearly we should have reached out to Greg earlier on in this project.

And, finally, Johanna Schwartz said we should include "Anything by Straight - but I love Brains." We like Brains as well, but we really, really, really like Vacant, their ultimate self-loathing anthem. So we're going to use that for now. Ha!

Anyways, thanks for all of your participation so far. We'll keep on keeping on for another two weeks, so there's lots of time to dust off your old CDs and let us know what you think we should include in the Calgary Songs Project!

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