Saturday, December 22, 2007

Do something for the environment this Christmas...

Take your canvas bags when you go to the supermarket...

Canvas Bags - Tim Minchin

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7 comments:

Dean said...

Have you heard Minchin's Loving & Peaceful Yuletide Half Hour? http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?radio2/r2_timminchin_xmas_sat

AnnaWaits said...

Just listened, that's what prompted me to put it up. Man, a comedian who namechecks Ben Folds was pretty much made for us, right?!

Dean said...

Indeed! I'm not sure how I missed him first time I was in Edinburgh, somehow I missed all the adverts for "comedian that plays songs on a piano".

I thought the 'christmas' show was quite good, Darkside with the full band was awesome, but there were a couple of miss-steps in the middle. Apparently he's working on a proper studio album of more serious songs so some of the songs from it may have come from that (a lot of ther were actually somewhat Folds-esque, in that they were funny but didn't work as 'comedy songs' due to a lack of punchlines or laughter points).
Never actually heard him at all with a band before so it was all quite cool. There is a DVD out by the way, you have to buy it from http://www.middle8.com/mem/default.asp in Australia but didn't have any problems ordering it and it works fine over here.

AnnaWaits said...

Yeah, he sounded wicked with a band, I'd love to see that. I saw him in Sheffield a couple of months ago without really knowing much about him, and when he started playing all I could think was "this guy *loves* Ben Folds". There really aren't that many steps between the two - I mean that Christmas song he did was very Gracie-like.

I could listen to Inflatable You all day. Such an amazing study in rhyming - a smutty one, admitedly, but still amazing.

Dean said...

They really are two sides of the same coin. I always saw Folds as writing serious songs with funny bits, and Minchin as writing funny songs with serious bits, but I imagine Minchin's 'serious' album will blur the lines even furthur. It's also interesting that Minchin is a musician first and formost, and sort of lucked into stand-up (can you call it that when spends most of it sat a piano) when he decided to give it a go and found he was getting more praise for than than the straight music.

Hmm, I always struggled with Inflatable You (though lets be clear: smut is good!) but there's another song by an American group called The Arguement, entitled Inflatable Amy which does the same joke *and* is piano-led too, and I'd heard that many years, so it seemed like something of a re-tread.

I found Happy Little Africuns on YouTube so I'm listening to that a lot now!

Dean said...

(oh and it turns out there's two different versions of the Xmas show on the BBC radio player, so you'll have to ignore my comment about it sagging a bit in the middle as you heard different songs!)

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Awh, that was a genius bit of social amusing pop!