Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mid-Week Special: The Format do The Lovin' Spoonful

Last summer I spent a month at a film program for high schoolers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where I currently attend college. It was at that time that I was introduced to a wonderful pop band from Arizona called The Format, whose debut album was somewhat of an indie hit.

Their second album Dog Problems came out right as I returned home from that program, and it became the soundtrack of my summer from the first time I put it into my stereo.

The story behind that record was a favorite success story of mine. The Format were dropped by their label after their first album, and their sophomore album contained very obvious references to their hatred of corporate music after having dealt with it's horrendous management personally.

I found this cover a short while ago, and it just exemplifies how much of a perfect pop duo they are. Most of their songs are intricately designed shiny pop songs, and what better song to cover than a classic shiny pop song? So here it is, a cover of The Lovin' Spooful's "Do You Believe In Magic."

I bought the new Foo Fighters' album this week, and a review will go up sometime soon...and more posts will follow as my schedule delves into normalcy now that college classes have started. Just as a small note, VH1 put Foo Fighters' single "The Pretender" in rotation as a "You Oughta Know" video, adding to the lunacy of that segment's supposed "indie spotlight."

The Format - Do You Believe In Magic (The Lovin' Spooful Cover)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The real crime is the lies VH-1 puts on their top 20. They say you "control the show" - bunch of BS. A bunch of us voted last month for "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard but it never cracked the top 20. They make their own lists...