Loop-Aznavour – Dancing with the Dogs

Dancing with the Dogs

Loop-Aznavour comes from Manchester, UK and has a resonance reminiscent of other English pop/rock artists like David Bowie, Roger Waters and, of course, The Beatles. The group’s song “Dancing with the Dogs,” apparently from the album The Onions Turn to Cry, combines the melodic sensibilities of the aforementioned artists with enough quirky, silly sounds effects and lyrics to also enter the world of The Bonzo Dog Band.

Opening with a poppy, though melancholic, piano progression that reminds one of “I Am The Walrus” from the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, a vocal fusion of Bowie, Waters, and perhaps even Bob Dylan in terms of vowel accentuation (but with a bit more yodel vibrato) begins to sing. It’s an upbeat, poppy tune that wouldn’t be out of place in the late 1960s. As the song ends, a weird minute of strange typing noises ensues and a low voice says “dancing” repeatedly. Think of “Revolution 9″ from The Beatles’ self-titled “white album” but not quite as chaotic and strange.

Lyrically, “Dancing with the Dogs” is quite silly. It’s told from the perspective of someone following someone else to “look you in the night. Make you my prototype. He’ll be ‘skinned alive’ because he was dancing with the dogs.” Perhaps it’s a case of a dark song disguised as a happy track. The line “We’ve been dancing on hot plates baby” screams Vivian Stanshall from The Bonzo Dog Band, and it would fit to have Neil Innes as the musician accompanying him.

This track, as well as another I’ve heard called “Worker’s Playtime,” introduces a quirky new pop band. They wear their influences on their sleeve, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting. Since no one else these days is bringing back the great combination of solid pop music and oddball humor, Loop-Aznavour provides a welcomed sound. Keep an eye on these guys!