Hold Your Horses

The result of Photoshopping six random people into a pastoral scene.

The result of Photoshopping six random people into a pastoral scene.

It’s six o’clock already, and DJ Scratchy is your alarm clock on this manic Monday.  meccamuzakmondaysWelcome to another scary good edition of Mecca Muzak Monday where we will once again serve up another musical masterpiece straight from the official soundtrack of shopping.  You can save the receipt, but MMM has a strict no returns policy…

Since this is Halloween week, I thought it would be the perfect time to feature a song from one of the most constant bands to land on the Mecca CD, having had exactly one song on six of the seven discs that have echoed down the aisles in the past two years.  From that tropical island paradise known as Iceland, let’s give it up for Of Monsters and Men!

I'd clap if my paws weren't iced to my armpits!

I’d clap if my paws weren’t iced to my armpits!

You probably only know of Iceland as being part of the bizarre false advertising scheme cooked up by Lief Eriksson to try and get his viking brethren to settle on the giant iceberg known as Greenland.  The only reason Iceland isn’t frozen over as well is because it’s essentially the world’s largest hot springs.  If you’re from my generation, you’ve probably heard of its capital city of Rejkjavik for one of two reasons…

The famous 1986 nuclear arms summit held there between the US and the USSR…

This was your crazy idea, wasn't it Ronnie?  My birthmark is frozen solid!

This was your crazy idea, wasn’t it Ronnie? My birthmark is frozen solid!

Or from the classic version of the 80’s computer game in every grade school worth its public funding, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”, since Reykjavik apparently has an INTERPOL substation…

9 AM, and it's dark as hell.  You gotta love winter at the Arctic Circle...

9 AM, and it’s dark as hell. You gotta love winter at the Arctic Circle…

Back to the band, Of Monsters and Men quickly burst onto the white hot Icelandic music scene in 2010 after winning a battle of the bands competition, and soon signed a recording deal with the prestigious label (I am NOT making this up) Record Records.  Within a year, they had put together their debut album “My Head Is An Animal”, which featured their biggest US hit (and also a Mecca CD alum) “Little Talks“… as well as this lesser hit that has made the CD three times and is my fave from the band.  Here is today’s featured MMM song, “Mountain Sound”…

You can see where I came up with the title for this post now…

Hold your unicorns now!

Hold your unicorns now!

As much as I’d like to go deep into the mountain sound, I’m too afraid that it will end up sounding like this…

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiicola!!!

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiicola!!!

Yeah, I’ll just stick with this awesome song, thanks…

That’s all for this week’s edition of Mecca Muzak Monday.  Come back next week for more sweet sounding tunes… and whatever you do, don’t overdose on this stuff…

This shit is the most evil thing about Halloween.

This shit is the most evil thing about Halloween.

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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16 Responses to Hold Your Horses

  1. I like Of Monsters&Men, they remind me a little of AHA (the came from Norway, I know, lol) and they bring back some memories of my teenie-time as my bff swore by her blood to wait for Morten Harket furever&ever. Ok, she waited for 3 weeks, but that’s like furever for a teenager :o)

  2. Games from the halcyon days of yore … Your? Mine? Ours?

  3. Scott says:

    Oh, man. I spent MANY hours as a child playing that Carmen Sandiego game. Good times.

    Never heard this song before…and I’m thankful for that.

  4. NotAPunkRocker says:

    I never played that game 😦 We did have Oregon Trail and even Agent USA!

    I know better than to listen to your songs first thing in the morning now 🙂

  5. Scout Paget says:

    I loves this tune. 🌄 When I think of Icelandic musiks I think of the Sugarcubes and Bjork. *heh* But Monsters and Men is quite apropos. Happy Samhain! 🎃

  6. There is some real rubbish and cheap sweets out for Halloween. Shane and his friends are on quality control. Nothing to do with the song but more to do with last panel. Crikey! 😀

    • I don’t see the orange and black nasties as much these days as I did when I was of trick or treating age. I swear, every third house gave out that garbage 30 years ago! It was like that was the only kind of Halloween candy anyone carried or something!

  7. calipatti says:

    You often make my brain hurt but Im always smiling as I read you.
    Horrible song, but I never cared for that type of floaty music.
    I love candy, was just given a bag of Tamarind Thai candy.
    Have a good week.

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