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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Art Brut


I'm a little late to this party, but it has come to my attention that Art Brut are a pretty good band. It's hard not to get sucked in by the idiosyncratic non-rockstar stage persona of Eddie Argos, the lead singer, which is on display in this live set [Quicktime].

Another interesting twist to the band: They have "franchises" -- other musicians who sign up to call themselves "Art Brut 35" or whatever (the original band is Art Brut 0) and get to play covers of their songs. The band doesn't charge; as Marketplace tells it, it's a punk rock thing. And as Marketplace also points out, it can be a form of guerilla marketing, though a pleasantly forthright and uncynical one.

(Also, is their drummer drumming standing up?)

2 comments:

Louise Rothschild said...

Their song "People In Love" has one of my all-time favorite first lines to a song:
People in love lie around and get fat / I didn't want us to end up like that.

In love or fat? It rocks.

teague said...

Yeah, their lyrics are pretty great. In the interview at the end of that live set, the woman interviewing them mentions that there's a class at a university about Argos' lyrics entitled "The Depressive Dandy."