Strange Times Boogie by Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends: Review
Strange Times Boogie is a single from the album 17 Birds at the Summer’s Gate by Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends. This song features David Myhr from The Merrymakers.
Rolling with a nostalgic classic 60s rock sound, this song takes a jab at the hypocrisy of the political scene. Not every song from Alien Friend talks about politics, but when it does, he sure knows how to pen it in such a satirical way that it’s not as blatantly obvious but the analogy’s not that far off to throw the listener off. The song uses musical voices to bring up social and political issues without resorting to verbal combat. With tasteful analogies, he critiques the status quo and the underlying hypocrisy of the politicians and their policies.
Musically the song has a 60s vibe to it with bright acoustic guitar backed up by a fuzzy electric guitar and swinging drums and vocals. But lyrically it is a timelessly contemporary satire. A great mix of classic rock, folk and pop elements, David Myhr’s appearance on the song adds an extra edge to this already classic-sounding tune. As a stand-alone song, this track invites the listener to give the rest of the album a spin.
“They hide in the bushes
They’re locking the doors
They’re paying the wolf to shepherd
The shivering sheep
Making sure nobody
could get in
And as the bells ring for the poor
The Jesus Christ is being Put to sleep
Crosses smashed and thrown
Into the bin”
Photo credits: Malin Floryd-Welin
Review by: Gabe Finch