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Pool Party

Pool party – The Aquabats

Not only has the time passed when it was ok to listen to and be in love with this music, but i feel as well the time has passed when it was permissible to listen to this beyond that time but with the safety net of fun good time nostalgia, adulthood retardation and irony. I now feel too old. Just the same as how i can’t bring myself to play video games, hang out in malls or invest time and money in any manchild nerd culture – it’s nothing but wasted time and i’ve already wasted too much of it. It’s not my heart dying. It’s just that my heart needs directing somewhere more fulfilling and furthering if i’m not to fall further into a depression that looks more and more like something i may never find a way out of. It’s finding nothing in an automated, easy life. See you tomorrow, after i’ve listened to all my Aquabats albums over and over while finishing Super Metroid again for the millionth time. Kill all nerds.

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Wednesday, May 13th:
The ballad of Mr. Bonkers – The Aquabats

Thursday, May 14th:
What was behind – The Hated

I missed two days because of school and work. Two songs. Both incredible, but one i should be more ashamed to say i think is incredible. The other i want my whole identity and essenceto be read in. Guess which? Maybe i should be ashamed of both.

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I tell you it’s been kinda liberating. I could have easily followed this slippery slope and completely given up on this thing, but, i don’t know, there’s this compulsion i have to it. And it’s really only for me. But now we’re settled, we have internet, school is on a mid-semester break, so i’ll continue.

Tuesday, March 19th
Bad for good – Jim Steinman

Wednesday, March 20th
Keiko no namida – Nishimura Tomomi

Thursday, March 21st
Bored teenagers – The Adverts

Friday, March 22nd
Superman – Look & Listen

Saturday, March 23rd
Playdough – The Aquabats

Sunday, March 24th
Opposite horizons -Managra

Monday, March 25th
Mismatched couples – Teresa Carpio

Tuesday, March 26th
Head gone astray – The Soup Dragons

Wednesday, March 27th
Sputnik mon amour – Band a Part

Thursday, March 28th
Ice cream – f(x)

Friday, March 29th
Ready to go – Look & Listen

Saturday, March 30th
Aishuu no Carnival – Kawai Sonoko

Sunday, March 31st
Cuttie pie – L’Trimm

Monday, April 1st
Guess i should’ve kicked his head in – The Haywains

Tuesday, April 2nd
Wakasugita koi – Moritaka Chisato

Wednesday, April 3rd
Arashi no yoru no serenade – Kudo Shizuka

Thursday, April 4th
Manly – Camperdown and Out

Friday, April 5th
The morning fog – Kate Bush

Saturday, April 6th
West Riding House – Boyracer

Sunday, April 7th
Nemo – Assfactor 4

Monday, April 8th
I don’t suppose i’ll get a second chance – Another Sunny Day

Tuesday, April 9th
Miss Candy Twist – Dolly Mixture

Wednesday, April 10th
Fushigi TOKYO Cinderalla – Saint Four

Thursday, April 11th
On the spines of old cathedrals – Shrag

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Canis Lupus

Canis Lupus – The Aquabats

As a resolute cat person it always irked me that the Aquabats had so many songs about evil cats yet give dogs this rejoicing power anthem. Cats are way sweet! And as a song person it always irked me how this comes to a halt for what must be one of the most boring, dispiriting bridges in any song ever. That’s really the best they could come up with? Rule number one in power rock is that you must never stop the power rock, yet that’s exactly what the Aquabats do. It needs to be brought to greater heights than it’s already soared, not slump to where it does. Maybe if the song were about cats it would follow the pattern of never ending joy cats bring. In this case the disappointment is accurate to that of dog ownership.

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Pool Party

Pool party – The Aquabats

As featured (though in modified, inclusive form) on Yo Gabba Gabba!

When third wave ska became yesterday’s teen sound, when it became terribly unhip and uncomfortable to play, there were few places those bands – with their large and unwieldy lineups, practicable really only for the ska band; sound and preparation non-malleable to any subsequent wallet-emptying, wardrobe-overhauling, attitude, disposition, outlook and want altering trend – could go. We fans could simply move on to whatever next caught our fancy. The bands – developed, pronounced, steadfast – had to shift in far more upheavalling and conspicuous ways.

The trad ska bands were ok and, mostly unsusceptible to wavering trends (as something of an edict), could survive fairly much intact, though crossing over into the mainstream was made even more unlikely. The same survival fell to the Christian ska bands, that scene remaining strong to this day in that weird, closed-curtain, self sufficient way a lot of religious youth activity does. However, bands in view of the mainstream, popularity and objective vulnerable to fickle youth, could not rest on what they used to.

There were bands who just faded away, never to be heard from again. If you consider how many ska bands there were in the late 90’s, that’s a whole lot of packing it in. And then there were bands who changed, who downplayed their existence as ska bands, who found a new beat, not just an offbeat. Bands who mostly could always fit with the in sound, as long as the in sound was just a pop rock song played with whatever flavour of the summer affectation. There were those who kept the horns and moved into a more Rocket From The Crypt sound. There were those who sent the horns back to the marching band and formed into straight pop punk bands, with eyeliner or without. And there were those who traded horns for a synthesiser,

The Aquabats were one such synthesiser adopting band, and this is a song from that period of development. But unlike a lot of bands, this seemed a completely natural progression for the Aquabats. They were never so much a ska band as they were a youth reliving, prolonging and relishing superhero band, and a move from horns to synths meant a move from 60’s crime fighting themes to 80’s crime fighting themes. The fight remained, the sound changed.

They toured here, only a couple of weeks ago, for the first time and i didn’t go. A lifelong dream and i didn’t reach for it. I would have had to sit through Reel Big Fish (how did they adapt after the ska fallout?) so there was that. I don’t know why i don’t do things i want to do. I think i was on holiday at the time. There’s another excuse. I still think the Aquabats are a great band, and would loved to have gone.

city girl

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