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The Halo Benders - "Halo Benders"

The way I see it, nothing can be bad about a song that shares its name with the band that plays it.

The Halo Benders were the first Calvin Johnson band that I ever heard and are probably still my favourite. (Though they are equalled by Beat Happening at their best, the Halo Benders are the more consistent band).

The Halo Benders are like two schoolyard outcasts (one tall and skinny and the other short and plump) railing passionately and innocently against injustice. Maybe they aren't ideal bandmates - the tall skinny one being completely preoccupied with treble frequencies and the short plump one interested in the bass end of the spectrum to the exclusion of all else, but the jarring incongruity of the two sounds together create something like perfect harmony. These are two buddies with a shared purpose and no other friends.


The United States of America - "The Garden of Earthly Pleasures"

This United States of America, like the other one, is an ominous country. This song is a maddening psychological journey into a sinister synthesized jungle taking shape in the chemically altered mind of a lady. "Venomous blossoms, violet nightshade, blackening mushrooms and petrified willows, twisted and brown" are just a few of the things you will find "in her eyes." But be careful, because like in that other garden of earthly delights, obtaining the wrong kind of knowledge is gonna change things. For the worse.

Posted by Jordan at November 23, 2004 9:07 PM

hey jordan... the 2 links don't work, they're appearing like this

target="new">The United States of America - "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

I'm thinking the first part "

Posted by anna at November 23, 2004 9:12 PM

Your code is showing.
It's nice to look at but it doesn't sound as good as the Halo Benders.

Posted by Max at November 23, 2004 9:13 PM

ok weird... i meant to say that the first part of the html tag got cut out. a quick fix.

Posted by anna at November 23, 2004 9:15 PM

Oh, man.

Posted by Jordan at November 24, 2004 12:31 AM

I'm dying to hear that Halo Benders song. The only song of theirs I've heard is "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain" (a cover, if you can call it such, of which is found on Built to Spill's album "Live") and I really enjoyed it. Great choice (I'm confident).

Posted by Sam at November 24, 2004 1:44 AM

I got the Garden of Earthly Delights OK...

Posted by Dave at November 24, 2004 8:26 AM

OK, everything should be working now.

Posted by Jordan at November 24, 2004 12:13 PM

My favorite Halo Benders song is "don't touch my bikini".

Posted by Anonymous at November 24, 2004 1:36 PM

Great song this Halo Bender track! Once again I have to completely agree with your description...

Posted by Matthew at November 25, 2004 6:17 AM

Don't touch my bikini is awesome. Great blog by the way. Take care - Mike D

Posted by Mike D at November 25, 2004 2:29 PM

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