Australian bands have stupid names: it’s some immutable law that must be obeyed. Spiderbait. Regurgitator. Grinspoon. Jebediah. You Am I. The list is endless, and no one overseas believes me until I get down the list, and they reply “yeah, they are pretty stupid.” I mean, most bands have stupid names, but Australian bands just go the extra mile.
But I love Spiderbait, because they can go from beautiful to ear bleeding in seconds, and it’s amazing to hear them do it. Don’t believe me? Here’s Calypso. And if you don’t like one of their songs? Don’t worry, there’ll be another one along in 2 minutes, and it might even be this one.
I love that a whinge about their record company turned into something as great as this, and the writer in me is impressed at how they got a whole story out in 1.41. Plus, bonus points for the Big Day Out / daggy suburbs shots in the video. This should have been in the movie Idiot Box, and there’s not much higher praise than that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmWkgZ-b6sk or this one to hear it properly loudly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIkM0eojl6w