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Unusual AC⚡DC Covers

Malcolm was the brains behind this organization from the beginning. The organization started withering away when he did. Which is sad in itself, to say nothing of the fact that the band is currently fronted by Axl Rose. Painful as it is to watch one of the world’s great musical institutions disintegrate in such a profoundly depressing manner, you can’t say they didn’t have a decent run of it. Their second-best incarnation (i.e. the one without Bon Scott) gave me the most fun I’ve ever had in a mosh pit. We still feel the karmic ripples emanating from those amplifiers today, as evidenced by the fact that there are more videos like this on the old ‘Tube than most people realize…


It’s the same song as the first one, but the reggae version!

The Soundtrack of SILVER BROWN

True Patriot Love

A hip hop artist from Nova Scotia once used a leitmotif taken directly from our national anthem as a sample in one of his jams. Nobody got their knickers in a knot over it. Because this is Canada.



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This collage I spent all of Father’s Day creating is highly unlikely to provoke homicidal rage in any of my country(wo)men, especially since I made a deliberate point of omitting all politicians.

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One Man Genesis

I was a musician before I was a writer or a web developer, so this is the sort of thing that turns my crank.

A while back I came across a video of a multi-instrumentalist from Quebec performing a medley of Genesis covers. But not the Genesis covers you’re probably thinking of. Nothing in the same vein as Disturbed’s (flawless) interpretation of “Land of Confusion”. It might actually shock some people to hear this, but Genesis wasn’t always yacht rock. The yacht-rock ethos didn’t start to manifest itself until around 1978. There was a decade’s worth of history preceding that which saw them as a completely different band – one that left behind a hearty feast of yacht-inappropriate vinyl opuses centered around abstract literary concepts, unusual time signatures, the ever-present Mellotron, an occasional classical guitar interlude from the magic fingers of Mr. Steve Hackett, and Peter Gabriel’s sometimes-baffling-but-always-interesting array of stage personae…


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In addition to being the band’s summoner of unknown cosmic forces, he was also their flute player.

The musical selections featured in this video are mostly from that period, because merely playing a medley of their greatest hits would be unworthy of a virtuoso. That would be like asking Mozart to perform K-pop numbers for your amusement.