And we've got bassinet to get... Well, a very happy Wodnesdæg to you. It's time for another Song for Odin, in accordance with the customs of our people. I can almost see the incipient objections forming and rising like a fine mist from the disgruntled heads of a sector of said people. Perhaps you are weary of the Odin/Wednesday conceit; perhaps you've had enough of MTX songs and my commentary thereon; perhaps you have your mind on more important things like who said what thing on the internet and who said another thing even more outrageous in response and you're beside yourself with angst and rage over it, and songs about girls etc. are of no use to you in navigating such deep and troubled waters and vanquishing the bad people and getting them fired from their jobs with your virtuous homilies and sick burns. Fair enough. Song for Odin is not for you. Good day to you and have fun storming the castle. For the rest, if any there still be hanging around here in the Songs for Odin about Girls space, I give you: the Mr T Experience doing "Swiss Army Girlfriend" at the Rivioli in Toronto in October of 1997. https://youtu.be/q67HPW1fDnY This was during one of many tours with the Groovie Ghoulies. Revenge Is Sweet and So Are You had just come out and we were still finding our way around the songs and how to do them live. And I (if you cant' tell) I was deathly ill and struggling a bit through the set, the quiet monitors, etc. Still, this video is a nice snapshot of one of MTX's strongest eras, and the set includes several songs for which no other live document appears to exist, including this one. (The video was shot by Rick Scullion of Punk Rick's Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/punkrick71/featured - thanks for sharing it, Rick!) As to the song: silly and whimsical as it may be, I consider this to be one of my more accomplished compositions, in which the conceit is worked out to the fullest extent, then beaten into the ground to excess in that way I like. There's a lot packed into those lyrics, but hardly a word is wasted and all are focused on working through the conceit, which carries the timeline from Valentine's Day through cosmic exploration in a dresser drawer, and finally looks to an imminent future of domesticity and procreation -- whereupon it ends abruptly. The bridge and following modulation works so well I almost have trouble believing a schlub like me could have come up with it. The idea of a girlfriend as a Swiss army knife, an indispensable all-purpose tool, cannot be original to me, but I think its safe to say no one else could have or would have done it this way. (Just out of curiosity I googled and this song is almost all the results of the title per se, but I did find a few variants. Robbie Williams has a song called "Won't Do that to You" that refers making somebody his "Swiss Army Wife": https://youtu.be/c6mpA_-0s98 Here's a thrash-funk-metal take on "Swiss Army Girl": https://youtu.be/heVjgQzSxhk There's a Dashboard Confessional song called "The Swiss Army Romance," but the lyrics don't mention this title and seem to have nothing whatever to do with the conceit, or with... anything in particular, though it sounds pleasant enough. I don't know why people do this, it seems like such a waste of compositional firepower. But then again, they're big stars and I'm not, so maybe Songs about Nothing in Particular with Cool Titles that Are Unrelated to Anything Expressed in the Lyrics is really the way to go. I couldn't do if I tried I'm sure. https://youtu.be/1_GuNGvsylE Finally, here's a guy who's doing it pretty much the way I did it and it's not bad: https://youtu.be/N75py6EQZpI ) As originally conceived in my head, this song was to be slower and groovier and oriented around a walking bass figure done in a sort of Stax Records style a la Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" -- well MTX and RISaSAY made short work of that plan! The public, such as it was, would have hated that version I'm sure, even if it hadn't been beyond our capabilities. The current frenetic approach does just fine, and I get why people love it. I once heard a ska band do it even faster, and that worked too! Final note: that's a pretty nifty solo. I forgot all about doing it that way! And there you have it. Like, share, subscribe, upvote, comment, etc. because the internet will try to hide it and bury it and our only available strategy is to spam ourselves right back at it. Peace. #music #songs #video #mtxforever #minds
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