The Swell
by Dan
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So, the Chad VanGaalen contest is over, like one swing of the kitchen door and it's closed. And, of course, the entries were amazing. So amazing, in fact, the winners had such evocative analogies, that they immediately made me think of songs. Not these songs, no, I had to find these songs to fit the analogies, but they're so poetic, so musical, that I knew they would be perfect song descriptions. Their respective explanations are quite necessary if you're not getting it right away, but their power, their presence, is truly there. Kudos to them. And I've included some other favourites after the jump. Thanks for playing, you're such good sports.

Women & Children - "My Bad"

me: my father :: gloria estefan : tour bus

- Allison Shoemaker
[explanation] [band site]


Squarepusher - "The Modern Bass Guitar"

me : my father :: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons : coal

- Red Ruin
[explanation] [both further tie-in and artist info]

and now a selection of some of my favourite entries in the contest:

me : my father :: einsteinian relativity : newtonian relativity

me : my father :: CDs : LPs

me : my father :: "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai" without the singing : "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai"

me : my father :: Joanna Newsom : The Muppets (note: wouldn't Joanna Newsom be an awesome host for The Muppet Show, were it still going on?)

me : my father :: my brother : Screamin' Jay Hawkins

me : my father :: dog : bigger dog with a good paying job

me : my father :: a bottle of honey : a blow torch

me : my father :: polite smile : dirty joke

...and the one that would have won if it weren't a conflict of interest:

me : my father :: your post on Panda & Angel's "Mexico" : my post on Panda & Angel's "Mexico"
- Jordan Himelfarb

(oops, sorry Jordan)

Posted by Dan at August 24, 2006 4:41 AM

Nice song choices! I think I'll spread the love and contest fever by using my winnings to fuel a contest of my own!

Posted by Dave at August 24, 2006 5:56 AM

Thanks, man :)

Posted by Allison at August 24, 2006 10:48 AM

i knew i heard that "mexico" song before....

Posted by jerimee at August 24, 2006 12:52 PM

Creative entries.

Another great StG contest...


Posted by Ludwig at August 24, 2006 10:57 PM

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