I’ve already raved about the Watchmen in these pages. What a band, I love ’em! So when I picked up this 2CD set in the 3 For $10 bin on my trip to Toronto with Mike this year, it seemed a no-brainer that this would be awesome!
I was half-right.
For CD1, which is 8 new songs and a remix of their hit song Stereo, they’d lost their drummer, Sammy Kohn. Allow me to quote Wiki about what happened for this portion:
The loss of their drummer and original member would alter the band’s songwriting and sound. With Kohn gone, the various Watchmen hooked up their Macintosh computers with Pro Tools software and began experimenting with samples, backbeats and tape loops to create a collection of electronic tracks shot through with the band’s trademark melodies. This change in direction divided fans and critics.
I’m looking at my notes, made as I listened to this, and after Holiday, track 1, I wrote “Um, guys?” And after track 2, Absolutely Anytime which was the single, I wrote THIS IS NOT DADDY’S WATCHMEN.
OK, OK. That’s harsh. It’s still interesting enough, and their trademark melodies are there, but as for the drum machines I say NO THANKS!
For CD2, all was forgotten as I got 9 tracks of hits spanning their first four studio albums. Fuck yeah! Kinda sad, isn’t it, when I’m way more excited about a CD of songs I already have and know that I love?
All respect to the Watchmen, they are/were one of Canada’s hardest-working, most-deserving-of-success bands, and their albums up til this point (2001) kicked all kinds of ass. But a drum machine? I think NOT! How hard would it have been to find another drumer, in this country? Fuck, I would’ve done it for you! For FREE!
I didn’t receive any online comments about the first batch of haiku telling me to knock it off, which I take as license to keep firing away, so here’s some more!
Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist
movie and songs like Cera
Tom Waits – Mule Variations
grit gravel and dusty soul
worthy of all praise
not what I think of
when I remember the book
but what do I know?
The Verve Story (boxset)
so many classics
it almost boggles the mind
I could live like this
Tanglefoot – A Grain Of Salt
folk sea shanty brilliance