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Day: July 28, 2011

Total Ghost’s “Happy Birthday”

I’ll let you all in on a little secret: I absolutely loathe the happy birthday song. Every time I hear it I cringe and want to crawl into the darkest, dankest hole imaginable and die a million painful deaths only to be reborn each time to live in utter agony again until the next moment I am forced to hear the happy birthday song at which point the cycle repeats and repeats and repeats as if some hellish ouroboros of pain. It is the most embarrassing piece of regularly-mangled music I am ever forced to hear, much less sing, which you will never hear me do. Ever. I will sing everything else, all the time, anywhere, but you will never hear me sing the happy birthday song. Never. And don’t get me started on having to hear some poor group of waiters and waitresses being forced to sing it to someone at their table.

I shudder.

With that in the forefront of your consciousness, I introduce an alternative song for birthday celebrations: Total Ghost’s “Happy Birthday”. Sure, it’s not as easy to remember, and it’s about 800 times as long, but it is so superior that I hereby move to have it utterly replace all instances of the original happy birthday song by Jan 1, 2013. Do you not agree? Are you not enticed by their faux-German superelectropopness? Does the multimedia display turn your stomach? Do you disapprove of smoking? Are you joyless? Then I don’t see why you might protest.

Enjoy and remember the next time you sing the old happy birthday song that you might just be causing someone horrible anguish and that person might be me.

Purity Ring’s “Lofticries”

I love this song. It sounds like your more traditional witch house sound blended with bubblegum pop. It’s witch house for girls who draw unicorns on their textbook covers and I love it. Couple it with footage from the 1974 Swedish revenge film Thriller: A Cruel Picture and you are left with this lovely juxtaposition of murder and sugar. Wonderful.

I’ve never seen the film, and I am truly disappointed about it. It is neither available on Netflix nor on Hulu which means that I will have to resort to less lawful ways of acquiring it later at home. Really, I need to see this movie. Read the synopsis from Wikipedia.

The story is about a quiet girl, Frigga/Madeleine (Christina Lindberg), who is sexually assaulted during her childhood and the trauma makes her mute. When she becomes older, she accepts a ride from a man, Tony (Heinz Kopf), who makes her a heroin addict, and then becomes her pimp. At one point, she is stabbed in the eye (a scene for which the director, to much controversy, used an actual cadaver) for refusing a client. She starts saving up money to buy weapons and take classes in driving, shooting, and martial arts to finally take revenge.

Doesn’t that sound like something James O. Incandenza would have produced? Particularly Blood Sister: One Tough Nun, which might be the fictitious film I’d most like to see in meatspace.

Listen to more Purity Ring at their tumblr site.