Song of the day – 105: Pigbag
I’m all for shameless opportunism, if it amuses me.
Tons of jokes have been already been made about the vuvuzela, that long thin plastic trumpet that is drowning out all before it at the World Cup this year in South Africa. Sunn O)))) are planning a remix album. Vampire Weekend are going to be ‘incorporating’ it into their sound for the next album. The massed ranks sound like an a capella version of Psychocandy performed by Scousers. Glenn Branca is composing a symphony for it. It’s like listening to a Yoshi Wada piece. An ex-Plan B type has even written an engaging article around it (and the attraction of drone) for New Statesman.
Something’s for sure: it’s seemingly persistent unwavering tone is more interesting than any of the football played so far. (As one sage asked on Twitter: “Does that sinister brass band playing The Great Escape theme annoy you more or less than the massed vuvuzelas?”)
Someone’s beaten them all to it in the cash-in stakes, however. Former Pop Group offshoot Pigbag….
I don’t think it’s coincidence that Pigbag have a new double-CD reissue of their debut album coming out on Fire Records in the UK (not the one pictured below). But… um… good on them for this. Or something.
(The original is still way better incidentally.)