Oh! Sweet Jesus!
I am not sure who to believe on this one. Given the choice, would you believe a Swedish group that look like a 70s glam band or an energized guitar act off the streets of NYC?
One group, The Ark, are saying that “One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young.” While the other group, The Favourite Sons, are claiming that, “No One Ever Dies Young.” Pulling from my already established knowledge of the subject, I can only assume they’re talking about good people (see Billy Joel for detail). Another thing that I can conclude is that both bands have produced some good death related tracks.
The Ark hail from Sweden and have been making music since the early 90s, although not breaking through until 10 years later. They had received mediocre reviews for most of their careers and had trouble escaping the musical binding continent of Europe. Like many bands they decided to take a break for a few years. Between breaking up and reuniting – they’re music has gotten a lot better and they’re getting airplay on smaller American stations and one of the 3495839 mTV channels. Not bad, eh?
The Favourite Sons, on the other hand, are straight out of the musical fetus. In fact, they’ve been kicking and punching themselves out of the womb for the past year or so. Recording a song here and an EP there wasn’t enough to satiate they’re musical palates. They’re hanging out in NYC right now, after some touring gigs with The Stills, recording they’re debut LP.
And Billy Joel is from heaven – who plays the piano like a drunken cherub and writes songs on a cloud (number nine).
So, who to believe? The Ark? The Favourite Sons? Billy Joel?
I like the other two songs a ton but… I’m sticking with the Piano Man for the simple fact that he coined the phrase that spawned so many other songs. And he’s awesome. And he’s hatched from the same egg as The Beatles, Mozart, and Bob Dylan. Rock on William.