Monday, October 22, 2007

One Thing I Have in Common with Dubya

I've created a war and put myself in charge! *

Since I've participated in Splotchy's Green Monkey Music Project three times now, I've been dubbed a Green Monkey Master. One of the perks of that title is that I get to create the theme and rules for a mix, then get to sit back and relax while Splotchy does all the hard work of compiling the songs. I'm happy to announce that Volume 10 of the GMMP is underway and it's a Battle of the Sexes. Pick your side and join the fray!

In keeping with this theme, enjoy this video for Arckid's "I'll Stick Around." Mainly because it's my favorite song right this minute, but also because it features a girl slapping the hell out of the band members for no good reason. Kind of a one-sided battle of the sexes, but a battle nonetheless.

Trivia: You may recognize the lead singer (or at least his voice) as Royston Langdon of the now-defunct Spacehog and/or as Liv Tyler's husband. You may, but you would be wrong, like I was! Turns out, Royston shares vocal duties with his younger brother, Christian, who is singing here. Royston is actually Mr. Crazy Hair over there on bass. Confusing. Well, whoever sings it, it's a great song. The video was directed by Liv's ex, Joaquin Phoenix, and stars his sister, Summer, as the crazy bitch-slapper.

*Stop shaking your head, Dad. That's funny!


Turnbaby said...

I am fairly certain this is a seminal "battle of the sexes" video--plus just a great song in that ilk.

Lee Ann said...

Hey Beck!
I love the new look over here!
Have a great week!
Lee Ann

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And yet, they were remarkably unmarked at the end of the video - no blood, no bruises. That girl knows how to bitch slap.

Bubs said...

Who doesn't like a good-looking dame slapping someone?

Great idea for GMMP. Hopefully I got my suggestions in on time.

Slave to the dogs said...

I liked Spacehog! I didn't mistake Christian for Royston though - he's cuter and his voice is a bit deeper.

Royston must have a great, er...personality to have nabbed Liv. Their son is sure a cutie though, glad he takes after mom.

Beth said...

Wish I'd stopped by yesterday; I would have loved to played on this mix!

An80sNut said...

First listen and the writing is genius while simplistic. Amazing pop tune that I'm going to have to keep my eyes on.

X. Dell said...

I can think of reasons to slap the band members around.

Chris said...

Hey, their amps aren't plugged into anything. Bah. NOW how am I supposed to take the band seriously...?

A nifty tune indeed. Is this that new "rock and/or roll" I keep hearing about?

Zed said...

Really, honestly, I'm not into violence at all, but wow, that was absolutely hilarious. They may not have immediately but I bet the band members were a mess the next day.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Cool tune. Never heard it before. Kind of weird, though, that Liv's husband is in the band and her ex directed the video. I guess hollywood's so damned incestuous, it's tough to avoid those situations.

BeckEye said...

Turnbaby - That's definitely a classic!

Lee Ann - Thanks...but the pink is just for October.

Barbara - She certainly does. For a girl who comes from a family of hippies, she's got a violent streak.

Bubs - Um, I don't know. The guys getting slapped?

Slave - Yeah, I thought "Royston" looked much better when I first saw that video, and then I kept thinking that the bassist looked much more like the Spacehog dude I remembered. It took quite a bit of digging to get it straight, because a lot of sources list Royston as the lead singer of Arckid. Their MySpace page doesn't help at all.

Beth - Well, I'm sure you've heard by now that the monkey is dead. I broke him.

80s Nut - Better to keep your ears on it, don'tcha think?

X.Dell - Why? They're not snotty shoegazers or anything.

Chris - It's the new cordless rock 'n roll.

Zed - They kind of look like they're enjoying being smacked around too.

BSUWG - Yeah, I'm so desensitized to all those twisted inter-relationships that it never even fazed me.

cube said...

I'm musically challenged. I'd be shunned by all the others.

Tenacious S said...

Bitch slapping and a Spacehog member! Rockin'!


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