Monday, 24 September 2007

What the Caked Crusader chose to bake to this week (22 Sept 2007)

Autumn really seemed to have arrived with a vengeance this week – dark days and chilly morning air. All rather bleak. Therefore I chose something uplifting to bake to this week: Ben Folds Five.

I was shocked that it was way back in 2000 that Ben Folds Five split up; I would never have thought it was that long a go. There were only ever three members of the group: Ben Folds (vocal and piano), Robert Sledge (bass) and Darren Jessee (drums) yet they produced a really full sound and it wasn’t twiddly studio effects because I’ve seen them live a couple of times and they were awesome then too. Why don’t more pop acts use a piano instead of a guitar? And write witty, elegant, and sometimes heartbreaking lyrics? Ben Folds may have called their music ‘punk rock for sissies’ but I don’t think does it justice; their songs did something that not much pop music manages – combining personality and intelligence with incredibly catchy tunes.

Just try singing about ‘one angry dwarf and two hundred solemn faces’ without smiling. I dare you…

Congratulations Ben Folds Five – you have officially joined the ranks of ‘good music to bake to’.

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