In my new resolve to post more often, I’m going to attempt to also revive my old habit of posting zombie related things on Wednesdays. So, for this, the first of the All New Same As It Ever Was Zombie Wednesday, watch this music video.
I just love No More Kings. There are one of the very few bands who, in my opinion, have no bad songs.
I’ve been a big fan of No More Kings from the moment I heard Sweep the Leg. Even bigger once I’d seen them live and listened to the entire first album. Then bigger still after getting my copy of their second album and listening through that. Both albums are always on my MP3 player and I love every song. That’s pretty rare, to love every song by a band. Even some of the “best bands in the world” like U2 or The Rolling Stones have a few songs I can’t tolerate. But No More Kings has joined Better Than Ezra and Seven Mary Three in the short list of “can do no wrong” for me.
They don’t have a new album out (though I’m hoping for one), I haven’t seen them live recently, nor do they appear to be coming to town anytime soon. So why am I talking about them?
Because it’s Zombie Wednesday here at Aim for the Head, I didn’t have any other zombie news to post, and I love this song (not the video so much, it’s not done by the band, but it lets me hear the song, so it has that going for it):
I was first introduced to the band No More Kings because of a funny video for a song of theirs. The song was “Sweep The Leg” and the video is…
The infectious groove of that song immediately had me hooked. Shortly after discovering the song, I found out the band was coming through Atlanta and playing a gig down at Smith’s Olde Bar. We went, and there I heard more of Pete Mitchell’s music. I bought the CD and it has remained a staple of my changer.
Not too long ago, No More Kings put out a second album, which I pre-ordered and it has joined the first in remaining a staple of my CD changer. One of the best parts of Pete and company’s style is that while many of their songs are littered with and about pop culture (or specifically 80’s pop culture) like the song in the video above they never really come out and beat you over the head with it. The song is called “Sweep The Leg” and not “The Karate Kid song”. For another example, take the following lyrics:
there’s no reason to look under the hood
a slight malfunction, doesn’t mean i’m no good
i won’t be shut down, i’m not ready to die
i said that i was sorry, but robots don’t cry
the very thought of losing out now is making me tremble
i am alive, i am alive, i am alive
please just gimme a chance now, no disassemble
i am alive, i am alive
there’s no reason to take me apart
extension cords and circuit boards don’t mean there’s no heart
i can tell somehow you relate
we’re indifferent to the difference between program and fate
now i know i’m alive
can’t you see i’m alive
i finally know i’m alive
i wanna show i’ve arrived
i wanna stay up all night
set all circuits to jive
i wanna prove i’m alive
do so much more than survive
i’m gonna reach for the sky
and give the world a hi-five
i wanna shout it out, i know what life is about
i wanna laugh wanna scream wanna cry out loud
You might need to read through it a couple of times if it doesn’t jump out at you, but this song is called “Robots Don’t Cry” and is about Johnny 5, the star of the film Short Circuit. Many of their songs are like this, although they also do a number of fully original tunes that are not about movies and TV shows.