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Harris’ Song of the Week: The Freshmen by Mustard Plug and The Verve Pipe


I know what you’re already thinking, why do I have a song of the week, yet their are two different artists listed. This phenomenon can be explained with simple mathematics: Great Song + Band A + Band B = A classic song. Although the song of the week is usually the newest, hippest, trendy song, this weeks pays tribute to a song written in 1996 by The Verve Pipe.

This song was first introduced to me by the other band of note. Mustard Plug, a third wave ska band from Michigan covered this song in 1998, in a way that was really their own. They were able to infuse horns and very upbeat lyrics into a song that is truly a somber ballad. It is interesting how two bands can have their own takes on the same song and come out with two completely different sounds.

The Verve Pipe wrote this masterpiece in such a way that it sounds great played in any fashion. There are too few songs like this that exist in the world of music, but to hear two bands, from two different styles of music make this a great song, you know something’s going right. Anyways, go download or youtube both of these songs, listen back to back and let me know which version you prefer.

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3 Legacy Comments

  • Comment by katy posted February 01, 2009 at 01:36

    weeeeeeee weree merelyyyyyy freshmennnn.

    this song is so old aha.

  • Comment by Greg posted February 01, 2009 at 23:56

    im gonna disagree with this one, although the lyrics give tend to drive the song in a much more darker depressing way, I feel that this song is better uptempo, similar to a song by the wonders, i believe there drummer said it best “Jimmy wanted it slow, but he was wrong, it’s an up-tempo number. And we won!”

    when in doubt reference a fake band from a movie.

  • Comment by Greg posted February 02, 2009 at 14:52

    wow im bad with grammar