Bryan Adams in my head? Oh my… And then we Fight Softly with The Ruby Suns!

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So I wake up this morning and this song is playing in my head:

Bryan Adams – Everything I Do (I Do It For You)

Yeah.  I know.

But it got me thinking…  Man, Bryan Adams ruled the world back then, didn’t he?  Every damn ballad he could muster would be played every hour on the hour!   And you can see it, every woman in the house, taking every scratchy voiced word sung to heart.  I think there are two parts of the song though, that really GET ya… First that bridge

There’s no love – like your love
And no other – could give more love
There’s nowhere – unless you’re there
All the time – all the way

Really starts off from the gut, “there’s noooo loooove… like yoour loooove” and ends with that “alllll the waaaaa-Aaaaaaaay!”  followed with that drippy guitar with a bit of lyric reiteration.  Perfect heart tugging action.

But Bryan wasn’t done, any lesser song would’ve been satisfied, but no no, not our romantic troubadour, as he takes us to climatic emotional finale, laying it all out:

Oh – you can’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
I can’t help it – there’s nothin’ I want more
I would fight for you – I’d lie for you
Walk the wire for you – ya I’d die for yoooooooooooooooooooou!!!

Then, ever so gently, “ya know it’s true… Everything I do… I do it for you.”

When Bryan Adams ruled the world, eh?

Fortunately, the world has moved on.  Instead of Bryan Adams, we have Usher or Clay Aiken or something, I really don’t know, instead of “tell me have you ever really, really really ever loooooved a woman” we’ve now got “A girl like you needs somethin’ real, Wanna get you somethin’ from the heart, Somethin’ special girl, It’s my dick in a box.”

Times change, things change, yet it all stays the same.

Speaking of change, is it just me or has a new era of “weird pop” indie music been ushered in?  I’ll put the blame on Animal Collective, but lard know who really brought the trend out of the woodwork.  I’m certainly not complaining, as long as it’s real, it’s all good.  But I was certainly surprised when I loaded up the new Ruby Suns Fight Softly, and was transported one funky odd trippy musical journey!

Maybe I’m just remembering them wrong?  I remember “Oh Mojave”…

Hell, I think it even showed up in a Microsoft commercial or something for Vista.   This one is a bit more E-lectronical than I remember and would fit right in with a Yeasayer, Dirty Projector, Animal Collective listening party!

For me, it works. Not sure why.  This kinda “genre” can be touch and go for me, and sure there are times on the album when I ask “huh?”, but that’s okay.  It’s good to challenge, branch out, not always live in the happy indie strum-strum world.    Who better than The Ruby Suns to do that with?


  1. Sun Lake Rinsed
  2. Mingus and Pike
  3. Cinco
  4. Cranberry (via Subpop)
  5. Closet Astrologer
  6. Haunted House
  7. How Kids Fail
  8. Dusty Fruit
  9. Two Humans
  10. Olympics on Pot

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