So, I haven't written anything about Bran Van 3000
yet, but then again I haven't really written much of anything at all.
I first heard BV3 when a magazine I subscribed to, AP (Alternative Press, I believe), arrived at my door with a tape single attached to it that had Bran Van 3000, Drinking in LA on it, as well as their "cover" of "Cum On Feel the Noize". I was hooked by the cover which was the same as the album cover for Glee
. That must of been in the summer of 1997. Anyway, Drinking in LA
was one of my favorite songs that year, and it's been one of my all-time favorite standbys ever since.
I bought the album as soon as I could find it, and was hooked by the entire thing. My tastes are pretty varied, and they've ranged from classic rock when I was in middle school, old school Metallica
in high school, to The Cure
, The Smiths
, The Sex Pistols
, Def Leppard
, Sonic Youth
and everything inbetween.
Recently, I've been hooked on the Yeah Yeah Yeah's
, The Killers
, and Tegan and Sarah
, and I'll go for months without listening to a BV3 song, but I always find myself coming back to those two albums and wishing there was more.
has been my album of choice, I keep hearing new things in it. Of course, you won't find it in my charts here for the week since it's what I've been listening to constantly for the last 3 days in my car through the ipod, but songs like Loaded, Speed, and Loop Me just get me hooked all over again.
So I scour the internet to see what James Di Salvio and EP Bergen
, and even Jean Leloup
and Stephane Moraille are up to, and I see Stephane has a new song which you can find at her myspace page, but it just isn't the same or enough or something.
I find it sad and little pathetic that I'm even writing such a tribute. I'm sure there are better things I could do with my time, but since whenever I start to get to know someone's musical taste I find myself looking for an excuse to get them to listen to Bran Van 3000, I figured this would be the best place to get it out there to anyone who's into music and likes to listen new things. So try it, and maybe someday you'll find yourself wondering why you're listening to something not so different from Disco in the year 2006 and actually enjoying it.