Thursday, 4 December 2008

My Little Pony - Macgyver Blues

My Little Pony are from Oslo. I like My Little Pony so much that yesterday I actually found myself idly contemplating moving to Oslo, which would perhaps result in some of Oslo's talen rubbing off on me. Obviously that's ridiculous and I soon realised that I was thinking out of my ass. Oslo is 1,295 miles away from my house (thanks Google). I don't know anyone there and I don't speak a word of Norwegian. But My Little Pony are awesome, just pure distilled awesome. It's charming indie-pop sung (primarily) in a twee indie boy voice. The words are observant, wise and witty, as these ones from track 3, "Comic Relief", demonstrate:
In a television show from the crazy wild wild west
One of the characters stand out from the rest
Cause he's bald or he's friendly or sometimes comes late
And the others always tell him he's slightly overweight.

And in this other programme that I like to watch
From back in the days when everything was top-notch
With his funny accent, now that's an old trick
He's the foreign exchange student who never gets a chick.

But if we ask him about our motif or religious belief
He wouldn't have an answer and not cause he's brief
He's just the comic relief.

Sometimes I like to make people laugh
and at the place where I work I'm the youngest of the staff
And they do seem to like me though I think they're all my boss
But to me that doens't matter, authority's no great loss

And although I'm not [can't work this word out] or commander in chief
They all need me like golden leaf
I guess I am the comic relief.

I guess we need it in this world of ours
Where everything is so serious that sometimes we forget to smile to each other
It might be false belief
I think we all need a comic relief.

[I transcribed those myself so they're not perfect.] 
What really impresses me is that these are (presumably) written by someone for whom English is a second language. Anyone who can write that well in their second language deserved muchos kudos. I could discuss a million other bits I love but that would cheapen it (though I can't resist pointing you towards the chorus of track 5). Listen to Macgyver Blues and then buy the album. It might be the best thing you do all year. 

P.S. I don't think it's been released in the UK yet but you can definitely get it from iTunes.


Spoon Train said...

It's truly an amazing record! Get it from their label:

G said...

i suspect spoon train might be just the tiniest little bit biased! don't let that put you off.

Anette555 said...

And although I'm not a sharif or commander in chief..

Here's the missing part!^^