Everybody Was in the French Resistance…Now!: Fixin’ the Charts, Vol.1
In concept, Everybody Was in the French Resistance…Now! Is brilliant. The band, which is a side project of Art Brut’s Eddie Argos and The Blood Arm’s Dyan Valdes, writes songs which are reactions to already existent pop songs. In perhaps my favorite song on the album Jimmy Mack has heard the song Martha Reeves wrote for him and doesn’t take too kindly to her apparent threats of infidelity. “Billie’s Gene’s” sees MJ’s illegitimate son grown up and telling that deadbeat off. Virtually every song is equally hilarious. Argos has always been known for his turn of phrase and this album is no different. “He’s a ‘Rebel’” for instance is filled with great one-liners. When Dyan says, “When we watched Casablanca he didn’t cry at the sad bit.” Eddie comes back with, “It’s not ‘cause he’s tough, it’s ‘cause he doesn’t understand it.” “Think Twice (It’s Not Alright)” is a more realistic break-up song that involves Facebook stalking.
Musically though, Fixin’ the Charts, Vol. 1 is nothing special. The keyboard heavy tunes are basically just backdrops for the words and most of them aren’t treated with much importance. Argos’ voice can become a little tiring too. His mostly spoken delivery suits some songs well but it can get to be too much by the end of the album. As a band, I don’t think Everybody Was in the French Resistance…Now! has too much longevity but as a quirky little project its very entertaining. Fans of a wide range of pop music will probably find it good for a few laughs even if it doesn’t make it onto one of their iTunes play lists.