Another Band Test

Okay, here we go. Name three a-ha songs. I was a big a-ha fan (still am, actually), so I can name a lotta songs from them. But I’m guessing my two audience members weren’t a-ha fans. So tell me, what are three of their songs? As always, no peeking.

A Little Test

So I thought of this test. An interesting exercise. The test is simple: name three Wang Chung songs. No peeking. I can do it. Can you? Is this challenging at all? I don’t have a gauge on it. I hope y’all are staying safe and healthy out there.

“Jezebel” by Frankie Laine | Random Song

This is one of my favorite songs. I first heard it on the original 78, which I think is cool.

Wikipedia Article

Lyrics:

Jezebel, Jezebel!

If ever the devil was born
without a pair of horns
It was you
Jezebel, it was you

If ever an angel fell
Jezebel
it was you
Jezebel, it was you

If ever a pair of eyes
promised paradise
Deceiving me, grieving me, leaving me blue
Jezebel, it was you

If ever the devil’s plan
was made to torment man
It was you
Jezebel, it was you

‘Twould be better had I never known
a lover such as you
Forsaking dreams and all
for the siren call
of your arms

Like a demon, love possessed me, you
obsessed me constantly
What evil star is mine
that my fate’s design
should be Jezebel?

If ever the devil’s plan
was made to torment man
It was you
Jezebel, it was you
Night and day
Every way
Jezebel, Jezebel, JEZEBEL!

Song:

Thunderpussy

So I found this new band somehow. They’re not exactly new anymore; their album came out in 2018. But what it is, it’s a girl band. A quartet of badass bitches playing 70s rock. It’s like early Heart with a bit of Chrissie Hynde thrown in. And it’s legit good rock. Strong performances on all four instruments — guitar, bass, drums, voice. But it’s their live show where they really shine. A lot of credit for that goes to frontman Molly Sides. She’s a frontman in the sense of the stereotypical rock frontman — a sexualized male who throws his sexuality into his performance. Classic examples: Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, David Lee Roth, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler, I could keep going. The hip-thrusting sex machine in front of a rock band has been done to death — by men. This is a female hip-thrusting sex machine throwing her sexuality into her performance, and it is dynamite. There’s an example performance at the end of the post.

Now, of course I’m not saying that no prior women have incorporated their sexuality into their performances. But I am saying that I’ve never seen it better done than by Thunderpussy.

And the music is good! It’s not particularly innovative, but it’s really solid 70s rock, and fun as hell to listen to. The vocal performance is excellent from start to finish, and the songs neatly avoid the trap of sameness that can sometimes be a thing that makes a band less listenable than it otherwise would be if the element of sameness were not present. Sorry about that sentence; I was having a bit of fun.

Bottom line? I love this fucking band. So I’m telling you about it.