Once I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
I was looking for off-handed ways to improve us (now I eat humble pie)
I'm telling you, I was the King of Spain (now I eat humble pie)
And now I'm jamming with Moxy Früvous! (once he was the King of Spain!)
—King of Spain
A folk/pop group of The Nineties
and change, Moxy Früvous
(commonly spelled Moxy Fruvous, Moxy Fru Vous, Moxy Frü Vous, or any of a dozen other variations) was formed in Toronto, Canada by musicians Jian Ghomeshi, Murray Foster, Mike Ford, and David Matheson. The band was characterized by a clever, occasionally biting wit, lush vocal harmonies, a wide variety of instruments, and a liberal political slant.
Riding the wave of Canada's alternative music craze started by the Barenaked Ladies
, Moxy Früvous went out to have a successful career of its own. The single band they sound most like, though, is probably The Beatles
, even down to a middle-eastern slant in some of their songs.
Moxy Früvous disbanded in 2001. Jian became the host of the arts and entertainment news radio show, Q
, on the CBC
Radio One national public radio network until October 2014, while Murray has become a supporting member of Great Big Sea
. He and Mike have also formed a British Invasion
-style band, "The Cocksure Lads," and appear live as the band on occasion.
Their complete discography is:
- Moxy Früvous (1992, demo, rare)
- Bargainville (1993)
- Wood (1995)
- The 'b' Album (1996, b-sides and other oddities)
- You Will Go To The Moon (1997)
- Live Noise (1998, live)
- Thornhill (1999)
- The 'c' Album (2000, b-sides and other oddities)
Moxy Früvous provide examples of the following tropes:
- Author Tract: Several songs are unabashedly taking shots at right-wing targets - for example, "Michigan Militia." There's also their anti-gambling song, "The Ballad of Cedric Früvous."
- Breakup Song: "Fly"
- Canada, Eh?: largely averted, though they did do a couple of songs in French.
- Green Aesop: "River Valley"
- Folk-Pop Ümlaut: See the band's name (when properly spelled)
- In the Style of...: "Gord's Gold" is a homage to Gordon Lightfoot.
- Libation for the Dead: "The Drinking Song"
- List Song: "Johnny Saucep'n"
- Literal Ass Kicking: "Kick In The Ass"
- Motor Mouth: "Johnny Saucep'n"
- Ode To Sobriety: "The Drinking Song", at the end.
- Prince and Pauper: The story of "King of Spain" - and name-checked in the same song.
- Protest Song: "Gulf War Song".
- The Something Song: "The Drinking Song," "The Food Song."
- Studio Chatter: "Live Noise" contains a fair bit of it, having been pieced together out of concerts in four different New England cities. Examples include an improvised EDM number, an absurdist discussion of the Kasparov vs. Deep Blue chess match, and Jian telling the crowd how happy they are to be back in Pittsburgh... in Philadelphia.
JIAN: "Well, we figured for the live album, Pittsburgh would be a cooler city to be in, so..."
PHILADELPHIAN AUDIENCE: *boos*
- Supreme Chef: The title character of "Johnny Saucep'n," who is able to put together a menu that would put Iron Chef to shame in 30 minutes.
- Take That: A number of the songs on The 'b' Album.
- Vocal Tag Team: All four members are singers, and some of their most popular numbers are pure A Cappella.