Monday, August 25, 2008

The Wrong Trousers

I'm always thrilled when geeks get together to make good music. There's just something about a kid who regularly gets his ass kicked hooking up with other kids who get their asses kicked to produce stuff that kicks ass.

Last night, our nephew and his girlfriend told us about a band called The Wrong Trousers whose street performance version of "Video Killed The Radio Star" became a minor internet sensation.

At first, I laughed heartily at the three gawky teens banging out the Buggles' classic on a harp, stand-up bass and mandolin. Being a huge Wallace & Gromit fan, I also appreciated their moniker. (Not a week goes by when I don't utter the words, "Cheese, Gromit.")

But, it's their more recent videos that actually made me a fan. In a short time, they have become quite polished, performing songs that are surprisingly sophisticated for such young kids. Now they are like a bigenderal They Might Be Giants who, on one of the songs, have quirky harmonies that are somewhat reminiscent of X.

I'll have to keep an eye on these kids.

Here's the video that started it all.

Now here they are performing three songs on a local television show called "Java Jams."

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