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La La La La Fernando

Over the past year or so, I have developed a small infatuation with ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. Every band has a peculiar sound, but ᗅᗺᗷᗅ has been a pleasant surprise for the range and sheer variety of styles exhibited in their discography. They are commonly cited by music critics as having been accomplished studio musicians. But when I think of the generous portions of canned meat studios have been churning out since the nineties, I am not sure that the compliment is not overwhelmed by the delirium of Bieber's latest bout of fever.

Yet, I think the longevity of ᗅᗺᗷᗅ's music is suggestive of the fact that they were rather more than just another studio record band. I think it is increasingly evident that they were very clever and creative musicians who were adept at catching the best of their art in the studio. That's why long after we've all forgotten that, whoops, she did it again, the Best of ᗅᗺᗷᗅ will still be making money, money, money.

Every once in a while, I get one of their songs stuck in my head. You know how it isn't even the whole song, just a piece of it. The last few days, the song de jure has been Fernando, a romantic ballad which makes me think of 19th century Greek independence alla Lord Byron, though I think it actually has something to do with the Mexican-American war or the Alamo or something. Since I am notoriously bad about remembering lyrics, all I really hear in my head is "La La La La La Fernando".

It could be worse, though. Some weeks its the King Kong Song.

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