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Friday, August 15, 2008

The Top 40 Songs By Of Montreal (Songs 20-16)

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#20:  "The Actor's Opprobrium" from the album, The Sunlandic Twins Bonus EP (2005) - If there was ever a reason to reach deep into that Sunlandic Twins case of yours and pull out the bonus EP that's tucked away nicely, this song would be it.  The story of a poor chap who is honored to star in the great master's snuff film, only to find out that all blessings come with a consequence.  The line of, "I want to be a star, but that's going to far," could probably be slapped on the t-shirt of every young hopeful out in Hollywood who wants to be taken seriously as an actor, but is probably more suited for pornography, or snuff as the case would be.  Semantics, really.

#19: "Suffer for Fashion" from the album, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2007) - Of all the danceable songs that Of Montreal has made over the past 5 years, none fit the mold better than "Suffer for Fashion," the lead-off track to their most recent album.  The first time I heard it was at a show about a year before the album came out and - whoah - totally blown away.  Keep that click clicking at 130 bpm, guys.  I wouldn't have it any other way!

#18:  "Oslo in the Summertime" from the album, The Sunlandic Twins (2005) - Containing what is arguably one of the catchiest, most endearing basslines of the last decade (at the very least), "Oslo in the Summertime" is the audible embodiment of "cool."  Linguistically, that may not make a lick of sense, but I think long time readers ought to be able to follow.  The simple truth is that this song just makes you want to slick your hair back, throw on your shades and leather jacket, shove that comb in your back pocket and point at random people in tempo.  Or maybe that's just me.  Either way...great song!

#17:  "Lysergic Bliss" from the album, Satanic Panic in the Attic (2004) - Let's go back, once again, to right around the time that I first heard Of Montreal.  Satanic Panic in the Attic was my very first album of theirs to own, and I bought it without ever hearing one of its songs (I was more familiar with The Gay Parade).  So at the time, I still wasn't completely sold on the band.  But by the time this song came around (Track 2, I believe) I was completely sold!  More specifically, it Kevin Barnes playing the role of dozens of schoolchildren and harmonizing with himself that sold me on the band.  The rest is history.  Boring, boring history.

#16:  "Chrissy Kiss the Corpse" from the album, Satanic Panic in the Attic (2004) - In 2004 I was driving back from the ghetto, where I had just received my first tattoo, and a friend was in the back seat - completely high if I recall correctly.  Suddenly, this song starts playing on my stereo and I hear a faint voice from the back seat, "There's soooooo much going on."  I turn around to see my tranquil friend wide-eyed in amazement.  That's what I think about every time I hear this song.  Strange sure, but I always love how we can connect certain songs to different moments or times in our lives.  That's the magic of music, I suppose. 

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