UPDATED!!! BEND IT LIKE TOWNSEND
UPDATE: HERE’S A QUOTE FROM DEVIN HIMSELF:
Oh ok…here it is. ‘Bend It Like Bender’
(You! …in the Nasum shirt! …look away!!!)
I know…I know…it’s a pretty bippy-boppy-Euro-type dance track, but you know? guilty as charged when it comes to loving that stuff. I remember hearing The Vengaboys ‘We Like To Party’ back when it came out and it nearly brought me to tears (I was cutting onions at the time…) something about EASY, FUN music that takes very little effort to enjoy…or detest as the case may well end up being .
So yeah, I wrote a song like that. ppppttthhhhhhhhhpppppppphhhhhhhh…..
I’m working on album three of the DTP quartet right now, Deconstruction. And it’s such brained out, complicated nonsense, that while I was writing it (all 4 albums were written during the same period) I remember just finishing the track ‘Traestorz’ (Deconstruction) and my brain was reeling. Super complicated metal madness, and I was like, ‘ENOUGH!!!’ and threw my lube down in revulsion and laid into Bender with a ‘phat ass beat’ y’all.
‘We are one and we have found they only wanted you around
To hold it down, so hold your ground,
We won’t be here forever!
We are young and we have fun and all we’ve found in being around is ‘All and all’ and ‘Holy cows’ While things keep getting heavy! Hang on to your man and Hang on to your woman and HANG ON!!!’
Whats it about? Ah, indeed young knave, gather ye round and I shall dispense the benevolent meaning of this cosmic connundrum upon thee:
It’s a play on the title ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and the robot from Futurama named ‘Bender’, because he’s into partying, and the records called ‘Addicted’. Yup. Oh…and ‘Bender’ and ‘Bekham’ both start with the letter ‘B’.
Anneke VanGeirbergen ladies and Germs…Anneke VanGeirbergen. Did I mention I love Abba as well? Well I do. AND we’re still metal.
Again, all 4 records were written together…which was good for me, because when I would get all antsy with Ki, I would unload with Deconstruction, then get offended by my own pretension and rock some good vibes with Addicted, then when I would feel like it was ALL stupid, I’d write for Ghost, and make some dead country voices.
So yeah, enjoy. Or don’t. I do.
Lastly, There’s a time and a place for fat, shirtless men with head tattoos to bump into each other and yell, and a time and a place for women to move like the beautiful creatures they are.
SECOND UPDATE: I THINK THAT’S THE FIRST TIME DEVIN HAS ANNOUNCED GHOST AS THE TITLE OF THE FOURTH TDTP ALBUM. HOO-RAY!
The first time I heard “Bend It Like Bender” from The Devin Townsend Project’s Addicted, I honestly didn’t get the reference. I mean, I understood the play on the phrase “Bend It Like Beckham,” but I had no idea who “Bender” was. Vince and I grew up with a kid named “Bender,” but I was fairly certain that a) Devin Townsend does not know our Bender, and b) our Bender never bent anything of significance.
So I Googled the phrase Bender, and learned that the robot character from Matt Groening’s Futurama is named Bender Bending Rodríguez:
I never really got into Futurama, but if Devin Townsend likes it, I have to assume I’ve been missing out on something awesome.
ANYWAY, this is all me taking way too long to tell you that “Bend It Like Bender” is now streaming on Townsend’s MySpace page. But be careful before you listen to it – it’s so catchy you may only be able to get it out of your head if you blow your brains out.
Addicted comes out November 17 on InsideOutMusic. MetalSucks is still hosting an exclusive stream of the track “Universe in a Ball,” which you should definitely check out.