Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Yes, this sounds somewhat similar to the previous day's video, but there's a reason for that. The Ampersands were admirers of another obscure Australian band called Cannanes (to the point where they named one of their EP's after the Cannanes' first female singer, a young woman by the name of Annabel Bleach), and adopted some of the same sound, albeit putting their own stamp on it with odd flourishes like that flute stuff. This song is Cannanes - Let's Pretend. And yes the quality sucks, but it was captured off of an old VHS video tape, the same video tape as the previous video in fact -- we're talking early 90's here, folks, when hi-def video simply didn't exist unless you were a mega-rockstar with oodles of money in the bank.

The interesting thing about the Cannanes is that despite having the same amount of luck as pretty much every other Aussie band (what is it about Australia that refuses to support their own bands?!), they stuck around for a good long time. Not all of its members, of course -- the previously-mentioned Annabel Bleach, for example, stuck around for their first cassette "album" and then basically said "you know, this isn't going anywhere, I'm out of here, time to get a real life". But Stephen O'Neil and Frances Gibson stuck around for decades, never achieving any real success, never getting signed, having one bad luck incident after another, but they just kept plugging away. Just crazy, I guess. But the kind of crazy that maybe the world needs more of.

-- Badtux the Music Penguin

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