History Music / LosCampesinos

20th Aug '16 12:31:20 AM thelivingtoad
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: While Los Campesinos! has always circled around IndiePop, ''Sticking Fingers into Sockets'' and ''Hold on Now, Youngster...'' are far, ''far'' more along the lines of upbeat twee pop. Everything since has sounded far more mature and more emotional, if not occasionally noisy.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: While Los Campesinos! has always circled around IndiePop, ''Sticking Fingers into Sockets'' and ''Hold on Now, Youngster...'' are far, ''far'' more along the lines of upbeat twee pop. Everything since has sounded far more mature and more emotional, if not occasionally noisy. This is an unusual case of this trope, given that their early poppier material is perhaps their best known work.



* RockStarSong: The first verse of "Songs About Your Girlfriend" comes across as a tongue-in-cheek version of this.

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* RockStarSong: The first verse of "Songs About Your Girlfriend" comes across as a tongue-in-cheek version of this.this, which according to Gareth, were slightly adapted from rapper T.I.'s hit single "What You Know" .
20th Aug '16 12:27:21 AM thelivingtoad
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* DarkerAndEdgier: While they still have quite a few poppier numbers on their more recent albums, they're far more noisier and lyrically dense than their earlier songs. Compare 2006's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqY_ZJKAupw It Started with a Mixx]]" to 2010's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-cWxcC5oRM This is a Flag, There is No Wind]]"

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* DarkerAndEdgier: While they still have quite a few poppier numbers on their more recent albums, they're far more noisier and lyrically dense than their earlier songs. Compare 2006's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqY_ZJKAupw It Started with a Mixx]]" to 2010's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-cWxcC5oRM This is a Flag, There is No Wind]]"Wind]]" to 2013's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irSOwulDsPE Cemetery Gaits]]".
24th May '16 10:16:22 PM number9robotic
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** From "Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)", the line "But how could I ever refuse / I feel like I lose when I lose" is almost identical to the line from [[Music/{{ABBA}} ABBA's]] "Waterloo," "And how could I ever refuse / I feel like I ''win'' when I lose."
9th Mar '16 2:18:15 PM number9robotic
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* CallAndResponseSong: "The International Tweexcore Underground" is a back-and-forth between a [[IndiePop twee fan]] and a [[PunkRock Punk]], each one standing up for their respective cultures and harshly criticizing the other.

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* CallAndResponseSong: "The International Tweexcore Underground" is a back-and-forth between a [[IndiePop twee fan]] and a [[PunkRock Punk]], UsefulNotes/{{Punk}}, each one standing up for their respective cultures and harshly criticizing the other.


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** The ending lyric to "Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time," "some things are best left unsaid" is a reference to “Love Connection” by Music/ParentheticalGirls.
9th Mar '16 2:11:36 PM number9robotic
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* AnimatedMusicVideo: Both of the videos for "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" and "You! Me! Dancing!" are animated with the same general animation style and seem to share the same continuity, with the ending shot of the former being the starting shot for the latter.


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* BringMeMyBrownPants: During the video for "You! Me! Dancing!," [[ItMakesSenseInContext when the]] {{Kaiju}} [[ItMakesSenseInContext appears, starts vaporizing the army and destroying the city]], the ground units promptly soil themselves.


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* CallAndResponseSong: "The International Tweexcore Underground" is a back-and-forth between a [[IndiePop twee fan]] and a [[PunkRock Punk]], each one standing up for their respective cultures and harshly criticizing the other.


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* GasMaskMooks: A good chunk of the soldiers in the video for "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" are these, expendability and all.


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* HopeSpringsEternal: A key lyric in the chorus of the TitleTrack for ''Hello Sadness''.
9th Mar '16 1:54:09 PM number9robotic
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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Gareth suddenly screams the last line of the page quote from "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed," as well as his line during the chorus of "Ways to Make it Through the Wall." It's especially noticeable during live performances to the point of near-incomprehensibility.


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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: While Los Campesinos! has always circled around IndiePop, ''Sticking Fingers into Sockets'' and ''Hold on Now, Youngster...'' are far, ''far'' more along the lines of upbeat twee pop. Everything since has sounded far more mature and more emotional, if not occasionally noisy.


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* YourCheatingHeart: "Knee Deep At ATP," which Gareth calls [[SarcasmMode the feel-good hit from the summer of 2006,]] is about the narrator discovering that his new girlfriend he met at a music festival was already seeing somebody else who she never mentioned. [[WriteWhatYouKnow According to Gareth, this was from an actual experience of his.]]
19th Feb '16 1:37:32 AM Neelh
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* VocalTagTeam: Gareth and Aleks, particularly on "Death to Los Campesinos!", "My Year In Lists", "The End of the Asterisk", and "Documented Emotional Breakdown #2 (We've Got Your Back)".

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* VocalTagTeam: Gareth and Aleks, particularly on "Death to Los Campesinos!", "Drop It Doe Eyes", "My Year In Lists", "The End of the Asterisk", and "Documented Emotional Breakdown #2 (We've Got Your Back)".
10th Jan '16 4:10:31 PM phoenix
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* TheBeautifulGame: The band (''especially'' Gareth) are big football followers, and it shows up in quite a few songs.
** "All Your Kayfabe Friends": ''"You asked if I'd be anyone from history, fact or fiction, dead or alive: I said I'd be Tony Cascarino, circa 1995"''
** "Miserabilia": ''"I've cried on ashen floor of working men's clubs, 96, 98, 2000, 2002, 2004, oh my God, will it end?"'', referring to the English national team's brave/heartbreaking/pathetic exits at European Championships and World Cups.
** Pretty much half of "Plan A" is about the singer getting called up to play for Malta (a country with a historically lousy football team), [[DownToTheLastPlay scoring a last-minute blinder]], and becoming a national hero.
** "This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind": ''"An analogy that makes sense to most: this opportunity had found me unmarked at the far post, but I blazed it right against the crossbar"''
** "We've Got Your Back": ''"Every girl I ever kissed I was thinking of a pro footballer, thought you should know..."''
** "Every Defeat is a Divorce (Three Lions)": Three Lions is a reference to the logo of the English National Football team. The entire song is about football, and includes lyrics about the logo gaining sentience and attempting to claw Gareth to death.
** Yet another reference comes from "Songs About Your Girlfriend": ''"She stubbed her home club's crest on me with cigarettes, a swift to match the bird upon her football shirt"'', which may or may not be a reference to English League One side Walsall F.C., whose badge features a swift.
** ''No Blues'' has a TON; Gareth has said that he's finally comfortable putting lots in, as it's a subject he feels confident making reference to.
*** "Let it Spill": "''Béla Guttmann of love, curse all my exes to a life of celibacy''" references the Hungarian football manager Béla Guttmann. Guttmann led Benfica to two successive European Cup wins and, after parting with the club on bad terms, is said to have left a curse on the club so that they would never win a European Cup again. Benfica has since lost seven major European finals without winning once.
*** Two more in "For Flotsam": "''Last set of goalposts taken down, summer of odd-numbered year''" being linked to a year with no World Cup or European Championships and therefore no interest, and "''She's catenaccio''" referring to the Italian, overtly-defensive style of football (i.e. he's getting nowhere with her)
*** "What Death Leaves Behind": "''I proofread the book of Job for the lord, edit one: League Cup 2004"'' is a reference to obscure Middlesborough player Joseph-Désiré Job, who scored in the 2004 English League Cup final.
*** "Glue Me": "''Leave with all the dignity of a [[http://youtu.be/DqJpnCmIvnA missed Panenka penalty]]''" and "''We connected like [[http://youtu.be/RK2aU9m4nW8 a Yeboah volley]]''"
24th Nov '15 11:20:54 AM number9robotic
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* DrivenToSuicide: In the music video for "By Your Hand" and seemingly attempted in the video for "Avocado, Baby."


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* LyricalDissonance: The band's discography has always had somewhat macabre or depressingly contemplative lyrics that seem jarring when put next to their usually upbeat instrumentation. It's become slightly less prominent [[DarkerAndEdgier and more fitting with their recent tracks]], but pops up again every once in awhile. "Avocado, Baby" is a more recent example, revolving around emotional pain and deep existentialism, but it's just so gosh-darn happy-sounding!


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* TheOner: The music video for "Avocado, Baby."


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* VocalEvolution: Gareth's voice has gotten noticeably deeper as time has went on. Compare the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTbj0Wyx12Q original recording of "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives"]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P28TO9FBNN4 a more recent live version.]]
8th Sep '15 12:46:24 PM DaibhidC
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* ShoutOut: The "bake phallic cake" line from the song "Romance Is Boring" is a reference to "I Love You (But You're Boring)" by Gareth Campesinos!'s all-time favourite band, The Beautiful South.

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* ShoutOut: The "bake phallic cake" line from the song "Romance Is Boring" is a reference to "I Love You (But You're Boring)" by Gareth Campesinos!'s all-time favourite band, The Beautiful South.Music/TheBeautifulSouth.
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