30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 19

Day 19 - A Song From Your Favourite Album

Back in the first post of this series, I talked about my inspiration for doing this — reading this same series of posts put together about a year-and-a-half ago by my friend Lisa Winston.

I really should have talked more about Lisa at the time. She's one of the most interesting and eclectic people I've ever run across. She's a veteran and very talented baseball writer, with her primary focus being on minor league prospects. For a while, she and her husband recorded a podcast called Baseball Honeymoon, which was about, well, baseball and other stuff and from which I proudly own a coffee mug. She's a huge music fan herself, and her husband and daughter are both professional musicians.

When I decided to try this, I was pretty sure that Lisa's list and mine were going to intersect at some point, and it comes as no surprise to me that it's on today's post that it happened.

A song from my favourite album is "Gulf War Song" by Moxy Früvous.

Between Moxy Früvous, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, and so, so many others, the late '80s and early '90s were a fantastic time to be a fan of melodic Canadian music. I was a big Frü fan.

Lisa, on the other hand, is a huge Fru fan. HUGE. We've discussed it a few times — it just struck me as so odd for a baseball writer from Maryland to be such a fan of this band from Canada. How much of a fan is she? She's seen them live often enough that it verges on restraining order territory. And, yeah, this is her license plate.

Anyway, their debut album "Bargainville" is my favourite CD in my collection. If you don't know the band well, you probably know them for songs like "King of Spain", "Video Bargainville", or "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors" — songs that verged on novelties. You may have heard their cover of the Spiderman theme song, which was just amazing and in that same vein. But they can't just be dismissed as a novelty act. They had songs about the environment, about global conflict. Songs with a message, and "Gulf War Song" was foremost among those.

It's a great song. Intelligent lyrics. Sung a capella, showing off the incredible blend of their voices. And as the last song on the album, it ends up leaving a real impression.

The band hasn't performed together in more than a decade. They're doing solo work, or involved with other bands. Most notably, of course, Jian Ghomeshi has become probably Canada's foremost radio personality and one of our greatest interviewers.

But back in 1993, they brought us what I think is practically a perfect collection of music.

30 Songs in 30 Days

  1. Your Favourite Song - "American Pie" by Don McLean
  2. Your Least Favourite Song - "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
  3. A Song That Makes You Happy - "Legend of a Cowgirl" by Imani Coppola
  4. A Song That Makes You Sad - "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
  5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere - "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event - "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer
  8. A Song That You Know All the Words To - "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf
  9. A Song That You Can Dance To - "Babe" by Styx
  10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep - "One For My Baby" by Frank Sinatra
  11. A Song From Your Favourite Band - "Unconditional" by jacksoul
  12. A Song From a Band You Hate - "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles
  13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure - "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen
  14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love - "One" by Metallica
  15. A Song That Describes You - "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon
  16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate - "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
  17. A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio - "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
  18. A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio - "Dance of the Vulnerable" by Gregory Hoskins and the Stickpeople
  19. A Song From Your Favourite Album - "Gulf War Song" by Moxy Früvous
  20. A Song You Listen to When You're Angry
  21. A Song You Listen to When You're Happy
  22. A Song You Listen to When You're Sad
  23. A Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding
  24. A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral
  25. A Song That Makes you Laugh
  26. A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument
  27. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
  28. A Song You Wish You Could Play
  29. A Song From Your Childhood
  30. Your Favourite Song This Time Last Year