The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
In 1993, I had no idea that the line ‘I’ve been contemplating suicide/ but it really doesn’t suit my style’ was the property of Rowland S. Howard, but I knew it was one of the great opening lines. Though I do wonder why the Screaming Jets were covering the Boys Next Door - were they fans? They don’t sound like fans. Maybe it was their way of dealing with the onset of grunge; to say, ‘hey, we know about punk’. It’s funny, with the recent cover of the same song by Britt Daniel’s band the Divine Fits, there were a review or two which talked about the Screaming Jets’ ‘butchery’ of the song.
I don’t quite feel that way about the Screaming Jets’ version, which I find more forgettable than terrible, but there’s a certain theatricality and irony and sense of ridiculousness to Nick Cave’s vocal in the Boys Next Door version that’s kinda absent in Gleeson’s, who sings it fairly straight. Still, ‘Shivers’, the song, got to #19 in 1993, and that’s pretty awesome.
The original Boys Next Door version can be seen HERE
30 Day Song Challenge 1. A song you like with a colour in the title 2. A song you like with a number in the title 3. A song that reminds you of summertime 4. A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about 5. A song that needs to be played LOUD 6. A song that makes you want to dance 7. A song to drive to 8. A song about drugs or alcohol 9. A song that makes you happy A song that makes you sad A song that you never get tired of 12. A song from your preteen years 13. One of your favourite 80’s songs 14. A song that you would love played at your wedding 15. A song that has been covered by another artist (this is the cover)
16. One of your favourite classical songs
17. A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke
18. A song from the year that you were born
19. A song that makes you think about life
20. A song that has many meanings to you
21. A favourite song with a person’s name in the title
22. A song that moves you forward
23. A song that you think everybody should listen to
24. A song by a band you wish were still together
25. A song by an artist no longer living
26. A song that makes you want to fall in love
27. A song that breaks your heart
28. A song by an artist with a voice that you love
29. A song that you remember from your childhood
30. A song that reminds you of yourself