• A Wild Pear In My Mailbox

    by  • 5/30/2009 • music • 0 Comments

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    Colour me surprised to come home to a special package from the west coast today; the brand new, soon to be release 7″ split single from Nardwuar’s Evaporators and Andrew W.K.


    Andrew W.K. from the press release: “I’ve recorded my own cover versions of two classic Canadian punk tunes: The Leather Uppers Don’t Sell Hot Dogs Tonight, and Subhumans Oh Canaduh.’


    On the flip side from Andrew’s tracks are two more songs performed by The Evaporators; an original The Bombs in My Pants and a cover of Montreal group Les Hou-Lops Oh Non from the 1960s.


    I was pretty sure of what I’d be getting from The Evaporators in style and quality, but Andrew W.K.? A mostly unknown quantity. I enjoyed his album of party songs I Get Wet well enough, but covering Vancouver’s Subhumans? An American covering Oh Canaduh? Hmm…


    The Evaporators tracks are about as I expected; solid and quick, good pop songs. The Andrew W.K. tracks are a pleasant surprise; Oh Canaduh brings in some needed guitars on top of the expected synth you’d expect. It’s a good update on a classic punk song, making it, if anything, much more darkly relevant than it was back in the late 70s.


    How can you go wrong covering a Leather Uppers song? While I might have preferred Sugar Sandwich, Hot Dogs is a great little anthem, even without the benefit of a guitar and drum duo.


    Oh Canaduh

    Gerry Hannah

    “Death to the Sickoids” b/w “Oh Canaduh”, 1978


    Every new day the dollar goes down

    The seaís getting blacker, the skyís turning brown

    You ainít got a job, you canít pay the rent

    And now youíre paying interest on all the money youíve been lent


    Oh Canaduh

    Whatís wrong with you

    You better wake up

    Now what you gonna do


    The big companies are milking us dry

    Our corporation nation is soon gonna die

    And in the capitol theyíre sipping their tea

    They care about their paycheques but not about you and me


    Oh Canaduh

    Whatís wrong with you

    You better wake up

    Now what you gonna do


    You spent all your money on a lot of useless toys

    Youíre so fucking dumb you stupid cowboys

    You ainít got no jobs, you canít pay the rent

    And now weíre paying interest on all the money youíve been lent


    Oh Canaduh

    Whatís wrong with you

    You better wake up

    Now what you gonna do


    White wasteland


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