One Talking Mule or Many Identically Named Countries: Choose Your Own Adventure
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Frances - "It"

Ironically referencing the "Star-Spangled Banner" in its opening bars, this is a song of frustration and helplessness. The low wheezing of the accordion, forced out in long drones lagging just behind the melody, is a nice reflection of the artist's frustrated attempts at communication. [Info]


B Castanon has done it again. Frankly, I don't know who this guy is, or if that B stands for Brian, Bradley, or Bronson Pynchot, but until I hear differently, I'm assuming it stands for Brains! If you ever get an email from him (and you will) in which he recommends some music, listen up; he is keenly perceptive when it comes to identifying the Good. For example, please check out this cover of the calypso standard and Andrews Sisters hit, "Rum and Coca Cola," by Les Shelleys. This exquisitely sung version is by far the best song about Trinidadian prostitutes I've heard all night. Hand-claps! Clap your hands.

Dan, do you remember when I sang this to you in your bedroom? You were sitting on your bed, I was posting the blog. Will you deny that you were moved?

Posted by Jordan at October 8, 2005 4:10 AM

i like both these songs. would be great quirky songs for a mix tape that my mom would actually enjoy. well at least the rum and cola song.

Posted by ed at October 8, 2005 9:10 AM

i love les shelleys. and that song is lovely. they had the song as a regular download not too long ago. i'm pretty sure the link still works:

Posted by hannah at October 8, 2005 5:13 PM

hannah, you are a saint!

Posted by Sean at October 8, 2005 5:32 PM

I won't deny that I was moved. but only by the plight of both motha and daughta. your singing had little (not nothing) to do with it.

Posted by dan at October 8, 2005 7:08 PM

I thought the other songs available on Frances' website were a better listen with the toy piano and a little Arcade Fire vibe to them.

"It" is a good song but I kept waiting for the rhythm section that never came. Not that it needs a rhythm section, I was just expecting one.

Posted by Jen at October 9, 2005 5:02 PM

This is "It"... invariably the soundtrack to my restless mind. Brilliant.

Posted by elfie at October 11, 2005 6:43 PM

i love this song- do you know anything more about les shelleys?

Posted by frannie at December 12, 2005 8:15 PM

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