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Recollection Volume 14 – Wanna Be Your Friend: A Tribute to the Inbreds

Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… 

Album: Wanna Be Your Friend: A Tribute to the Inbreds
Artist: Various Artists
Released: 2007
Format(s) I own it on: CD

wannabeyourfriend_inbredstribute_1000_1024x1024The Inbreds. I’m a big fan of The Inbreds, they didn’t always stick to their schtick of bass and drum, but even when they did, they succeeded in making interesting melodic pop that almost defies their instrumental limitations. That skill at crafting amazing melodies is what makes The Inbreds so spectacular.

Mike O’Neill and Dave Ulrich deserve every accolade they’ve received and more. If you don’t know their music, check out their records, they’re all inexpensive at zunior.com. While you’re at it, you might also want to check out Mike O’Neill’s three solo records. All those records will be reviewed in good time. Until then we have… Wanna Be Your Friend: A Tribute To The Inbreds. Yes, an Inbreds tribute album.

The artist selection is pretty impressive, a lot of bands I had never heard of, but there’s also The Just Barelys, The Superfantastics, Ruth Minnikin, members of Plumtree, Sloan, Super Friendz, and Eric’s Trip. It’s quite the lineup.

It’s not only the artist selection, but the song selection. It seems almost as if I had chosen the tracklist myself.

Highlights

I don’t know who Jonathan Inc. is or are, but I adore his/their cover of “Drag Us Down.”

The Forum, consisting of members of Sloan and The Super Friendz, perform a great version of “You Will Know” while Catriona Sturton does a great performance of “North Window.”

Interview

I asked Dave Ulrich, drummer from The Inbreds, and owner of Zunior.com on his thoughts on the album.

AA: What was your reaction when you first heard about the record? Did you have any input?

DU: I was pretty surprised because, although Gooseberry has gone on to do a whole series of tribute albums of that mid-90’s indie Canadian era, the Inbreds one was the first installment.  I didn’t have any input, but I believe Scott did tell me about it before it was finished.

AA: Is it cheating because Mike appears on the record (performing as part of Ruth Minnikin & Her Bandwagon)?

DU: At least we didn’t create a mock back to cover one of our songs.  I know Def Leppard used to have an opening act for their own shows that did cover songs, but the act was actually the band in disguise.  That kinda thing.

AA: Did any songs really stand out to you?

DU: Ruby Jean and the Thoughful Bees doing Amelia Earhart.  I think that one really got the spirit of where that song was coming from.

AA: Any song you wish was included, but wasn’t?

DU: I would have loved to hear a metal band doing Russ. It’s not too late everyone!!!

AA: There’s a band on the record calling themselves Alicia Penney & The Excellent Navigators, obviously a references to “Amelia Earhart.” Once upon a time was a band called Laura Peek And The Winning Hearts, a reference to The Inbreds album Winning Hearts. How do you feel these tributes play into the legacy of your work?

DU: Mike has spoken before about the way we, and all indie bands that we respected, were ‘humble’ in the 90’s.  You really had to be there to appreciate it.  I’m not sure there is an equivalent vibe today, although their are still many artists that sincerely come from a humble place, obviously.  It’s just that there was a unique version of it, I think, we were out there doing our thing. Anyways, I think that a big part of what Inbreds should/could be known for is how hard we worked recording/touring/releasing, consistently over time.  Combine that with an equal heavy effort from Mike on the songwriting side, and I that is why it worked as much as it did.  The effort was sincere.

AA: Are the covers that stay true to the original more entertaining to you, or the ones that take the songs in a new direction?

DU: I always like covers that go in a new direction.

Giant thanks to Dave Ulrich!

I’m filing this album as male, Canadian, and Ontarians, as that describes the band being paid tribute.

Men 11.25 (80%) | Women 2.75 (20%)
Canada 5.8 (41%) | USA 6.53 (47%) | UK 1.66 (12%)
Ontario 2 (33%) | Quebec 0 (0%) | Nova Scotia2 (33%) | New Brunswick 1 (16%) | Manitoba 0 (0%) | British Columbia 0 (0%) | Prince Edward Island 0 (0%) | Saskatchewan 0 (0%) | Alberta 0 (0%) | Newfoundland and Labrador 1 (16%)
Northwest Territories 0 (0%) | Yukon 0 (0%) | Nunavut 0 (0%)

Quel est le plus étrange endroit où vous eu des rapports sexuels? Pour moi, c’était sur une girafe au zoo de Toronto métropolitain

New Superfantastics video!

Remember these guys?

How about these ladies?

Mix albums!

I recently reconnected with an old friend, from back in my high school days. We never went to school together, after all, she was, and still is far off in a foreign country. So I made Beth this mix, but I didn’t know what I might have sent her all those years ago, so I decided to limit myself to nothing older than 2000. I also didn’t know what she had been listening to since then, so I decided to limit the selection to Canadian music.

  1. The Indie Queens Are Waiting” by Dan Mangan
    • This is my favourite Dan Mangan song, and I’ve been on a bit of a kick of listening to him endlessly.
  2. Hibernation Song” by Whale Tooth
    • This is not just my favourite Whale Tooth song, but everyone’s favourite Whale Tooth song. They’re a lot of fun, but this song specifically is addictively catchy.
  3. Oh, Alberta” by Elliott Brood
    • If you’re going to make a mix of mostly Canadian music, how can you ignore the most Canadian song ever written. “Ontario, that’s where I’m from.”
  4. Fourteen Hour Day” by $100
    • This is such a tragic tale of loss and heartache.
  5. The Ballad of Poor John Henry” by Cuff The Duke
    • Number two in the Cuff The Duke’s “Ballad of…” series, and definitely my favourite.
  6. Nowhere With You” by The Joel Plaskett Emergency
    • This song is just addictive and fun. I often forget about the Make A Little Noise EP, so I figured this was a good way to give it some love.
  7. “Morning Dove” by Greg Keelor
    • My favourite song from Keelor’s depressing, but beautiful Seven Songs for Jim album.
  8. The Nun’s Litany” by The Magnetic Fields
    • How can you not love a song with the lyric “I want to be a dominatrix, which isn’t like me, but I can dream. Learn S&M and all those gay tricks, and men would pay me to make them scream.” FYI, on the album Shirley sings the song, but in the video Stephin sings it. He did after all write it.
  9. The Gambler and His Bride” by Daniel, Fred & Julie
    • I never noticed how long this song was until Beth, the recipient of this playlist pointed out how bloody long it actually is. It’s a great song, DF&J played it both times I saw them live recently.
  10. Many Lives -> 49mp” by Final Fantasy
    • The violin is so pretty.
  11. Jumpers” by Sleater-Kinney
    • Not many better songs about killing yourself. “My falling shape will draw a line between the blue of sea and sky; I’m not a bird, I’m not a plane.”
  12. Sunndal Song” by The Apples In Stereo
    • Easy to forget that Hilarie Sidney was in The Apples In Stereo, but I think she added a much needed secondary voice to Robert Schneider’s.
  13. Step Off The Map and Float” by Library Voices
    • We’re all just pinpricks on a paper continent.
  14. Two Girls From Montreal” by The Bicycles
    • The first Bicycles song I got stuck in my head. After seeing them live for the first time (years before their first album was released), I left the venue singing this song.

So, yes, there are one item in there by an international artist, The Magnetic Fields, but not enough people know Stephin Merritt, and that’s just a sin.

A few nights ago, I saw my friend Emily, and somehow my enjoyment from making mix tapes/discs/playlists1 came up, and she asked me to make one for her, so this is what I came up with.

  1. Tina’s Glorious Comeback” by Dan Mangan
    • Dan Mangan started the previous one off so well, why not carry on. This one is another that I’ll happen to listen to days ago, and still be singing it. My coworkers must think I’m insane.
  2. “I’ll Have To Dance With Cassie” by God Help The Girl
    • My favourite God Help The Girl song, and I think Emily would understand the thoughts behind this one.
  3. Cop Song” by Entire Cities
    • One day I was walking down the street listening to this song, and a cop was slowing following me in their car.
  4. Snowsuit Sound” by Sloan
    • Though I’ve given up my love of Sloan, I still understand that they used to be awesome, and this is one of the songs which can perfectly capture it.
  5. Yelverton Hill” by The Inbreds
    • “A ring is an awful thing…”
  6. Great Lakes” by Valery Gore
    • The last mix had Valery’s doppelgänger, so this one should include the original.
  7. “Seduced And Abandoned” by The Magnetic Fields
    • This is the tale of an abandoned woman, left without her lover, but with a baby. It’s not the first time that Merritt has told this story, but I think it’s the best rendition of the tale. See: “The Night You Can’t Remember
  8. Highschool” by The Flashing Lights
    • This power pop anthem is as good as it gets.
  9. Girlfriend” by Eric’s Trip
    • Grunge!
  10. “Don’t Wannabe / Like By You” by Julie Doiron
    • Hehe, I put Julie Doiron right after Eric’s Trip! This is the song women sing when I get a crush on them.
  11. Glitter” by The Superfantastics
    • This two piece is just sugary fun.
  12. Your Island” by Young Rival
    • I like Young Rival, I think Emily would dig these Hamiltononians.
  13. “Scott Pilgrim” by Plumtree
    • With the new Scott Pilgrim film coming out soon, this song is a perfect piece.
  14. “We Are Being Reduced” by Thrush Hermit
    • My lord, this song is stunning.
  1. Any music nerd has this love. []