20 June 2009

MM Vol 2 - 102 - Bran Van 3000


MM Vol 2 #102

Bran Van 3000

"Drinking in L.A."

(1997)
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................Genre: Electronica...............
A fantastic song I found on the "Triple J Hottest 100" of 1997 [More on Triple J next post] by the band called Bran Van 3000 from Canada. What to admire about this song is the ambient & textured sound, crafted around the lyrics and with all the time .... a beat that mimics from inside a mothers womb to an unborn child. OK, that's a bit descriptive but it is a well crafted song and does deserve special mention.
Drink in LA? ~ Duh ... drink anywhere!
Aspiring filmmaker Jamie "Bran Man" Di Salvio hadn't exactly planned on making a band. He was trying to make ends meet in his native Montreal, scoring various gigs directing videos and documentaries during the mid- to late '90s. But his teenage thrills of being a DJ and remixer also fell into the realm of production and by 1995, Di Salvio had formed Bran Van 3000. He gathered nearly 20 obscure music socialites, producers, singers, and hip-hop gurus from the Montreal area, who would eventually compose the attractive quirkiness of the band, and never looked back. Soul chanteuse Stephane Moreille joined singers Jayne Hill and Sara Johnston, alongside DJ E.P. Bergen, MC Steve "Liquid" Hawley, jazz drummer Rob Joanisse, guitarist Nick Hynes, bassist Gary McKenzie, and ex-Doughboys member John Kastner, for BV3's revolving rotation. They fused trip-hop with electronic sound and indie-rock attitude for their 1998 debut Glee, and the single "Drinking in L.A." earned top spots on various college charts as well as props from Canada's MuchMusic. Rumors of a breakup swarmed throughout late 1999; it was also reported that Ric Ocasek was on board to produce Bran Van 3000's follow-up album. The new millennium gave new face though, as BV3 began working with Beastie Boy Mike D and Grand Royal for Discosis, which was scheduled for a mid-2001 release date. ~ [MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide]
Drinking in LA?
Hey? Whats that down ... [?]
"Drinking in L.A." is a song by Bran Van 3000, released as the band's first single. The song was covered especially for BBC Radio 1 by English Indie rock Band The Twang in 2007, and featured on the album Radio 1 Established 1967. It was also featured in television commercials for Rolling Rock beer in the United Kingdom, which contributed to chart success in that region, peaking at No. 3. On VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders, James Di Salvio was quoted saying: "It's about me being in LA trying to make a movie and getting really bored with it and going out clubbing and DJ-ing, eventually taking the jump into making the record. It's kind of like falling out of love with one medium into the next. When you impose things in your life you have to do things because of your ego, you have to accomplish so much at a certain age and you want to so something else and you have to take the plunge and do it." Drinking in L.A. is a song in the F Mixolydian scale. ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
This song has a crowbarred rating of 71.8 out of 108
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