Thursday, January 22, 2009

The best and worst song about reading

Every once in awhile, something strange comes over a band, and it decides to write and record a song about reading. At best, these songs look something like Belle and Sebastian's "Wrapped up in Books:"

Is it just me, or does that one owe something to a the Tears for Fears video for Head Over Heels?

At their worst, "reading songs" look something like Moxy Fruvous' "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors:"

As the talkbacker says on YouTube, "Once in a while I get embarrassed to be Canadian. This is one of those moments. Ugh."

It's hard to believe that this was a real single, and not a PSA that CBC was forced to play by the Canadian government, or a parody outtake from A Mighty Wind. How much do you figure Margaret Atwood paid for the product placement/shout-out?

Still, it's not a complete loss to see a pre-CBC Jian Ghomeshi in all his crimped hair and acid-washed jeans glory.

See you in the library.


  1. Wow. I fell in love with 'Head Over Heels' all over again when I picked up the 7-inch with the sleeve that unfolds into a giant poster. But I haven't seen that video probably since 1985. So weird. And so fun to watch. Sorry, haven't built up the nerve to watch the Moxy Fruvous vid yet.

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