Friday, December 18, 2009

Van She, Holy Ghost, Phreek Plus One, Anoraak

Suzy Parker at rest.
Click through the link above to download the Holy Ghost remix of the Van She's cover of Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper - you'll recall I posted about the Van She cover and got all indignant about Canadian geography last week. The high-quality MP3 comes straight from the generous duo themselves. And a couple of extra bonus tracks for your listening pleasure.

Even though I only spent six months living in the city, I still managed to kinda make it on to the Top 50 Best Vancouver Bands of the Decade as determined by the staff of Discorder Magazine twice - as a member of Three Inches of Blood and joke-manager of TAS 1000. Flash in a pain! Once I get a copy, this is definitely going in the scrapbook along with the issue of Nightlife Magazine where I placed #83 as one of the 100 people who've changed Montreal nightlife in the past ten years. (As Chris Clark pointed out, #1 on the list was "You, the reader," so, actually, I really placed something like #3583.)

Anyone reading this is familiar with the Jehovah's Witnesses, either because you've answered your door one day to find a pair on your doorstep, or because you're a talented African American musician and have a long and deep entanglement with the religion. Unfortunately, I've never been one of the lucky few to have been personally witnessed to by Prince or Larry Graham from Sly & The Family Stone or George Benson, and somehow whatever music they've dedicated to the Big Guy Upstairs has also snuck under my radar, but I have been exposed to countless stunning paintings of idyllic scenes in a world beyond this courtesy of the Watchtower: lions and lambs lying down together, cherub-cheeked and pint-sized representatives of all of the races of the earth smiling and laughing together, all wearing their national costume. There's no sartorial globalization in heaven, I guess. Who paints these? Is it done by committee and how do they insert the appropriate amount of Biblical references? Is there one aging Norman Rockwell who slaves day in and day out to supply the Watchtower and Awake magazines with these stunning scenes?

The artists of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the oil paintings in the Book of Mormon and various other publications, tended to prefer a style that more in-tune with the Renaissance, although with an corpeal distortion (or distinction, depending on your stance on the Prophet Moroni & Joseph Smith): Small Heads, Big Bodies - referred to as SHBBs since my high school years. I think it's an artistic conceit meant to indicate to the viewer that these pre-Columbian lost-tribe types were truly giants among men, but I can't be sure. Any lapsed Mormons want to clear that up?

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