As you may (or may not) know, I’m reeeally loving the Harlem Shakes new album. So yesterday, when I hopped on to the twitters I saw a twatted tweet from the twittering boys at THEMIXTAPE that they had an interview up with the band, or more specifically, with Lexy. It’s a short & rather amusing interview that once I was done, my love & appreciation for the band increased by, oh let’s say, 1,000 fold. Go read it and see what I mean!
Done yet? Good.
You may have notice that during the interview Lexy mentions he obsessing over a 1997 album by a band called Cornershop called When I Was Born For The 7th Time calling it “a deep deep record, but catchy and joyous on the surface. And it prefigured this current “world” music mixed with pop trend”. Being of a curious mind and body, seriously, I’m like a cat when it comes across an empty box, I need to climb inside…
(who’s a silly kitty?)
…I felt inclined to check it out (or as we say in Canuckland, “oot”). Fortunately, one of the boys (VP/VIP Fulltext, of course) down in the Society was able to hook me up with a scoured-out link from the vast intertubes to give a metaphorical spin.
Well….. very, very cool. It’s got this Indian meets hip-hop/dance with a bunch of straight up pop (including what I believe is a Hindi cover of the Beatles “Norwegian Wood”, say what?) all mix-mashed together, with maybe a bit of LA lounge tossed in for good measure (check out “State Troopers”). Add in that it was 1997 and it sounds at once ahead of it’s time and maybe only a hair dated. I can definitely see why the boys at Harlem Shakes would be listening, their ability to mix & mash to create pure pop confectionery beauty is like (to me) the ultimate end result of what Cornershop started in 1997. Now, before you start rambling off bands who “did it first”, I’m not saying Cornershop is the inventor of this sound, blah blah, etc etc, but they did an amazing job with it! And I like getting a little music insight into a band I’m all hot & bothered over.
Good times. So enjoy!
When I Was Born For The 7th Time
1. Sleep on the Left Side
2. Brimful of Asha
3. Butter the Soul
5. We’re in Your Corner
6. Funky Days Are Back Again
7. What is Happening
8. When the Light Appears Boy
9. Coming Up
10. Good Shit
11. Good to Be on the Road Back Home
12. It’s Indian Tobacco My Friend
14. State Troopers
15. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)