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Ben Folds Five

Posted 21 Nov 2012 @ 12:08pm

Ben Folds irks me, but inevitably he says something funny and self-deprecating and I am forced to like him. This tune (which should have been called and will be remembered as Dicks On The Wall) includes the following line: “I only wanted to be Stevie Wonder, but I got to settle for this vanilla thunder.” True.

Posted 4 Oct 2012 @ 10:14pm

Three years since calling it quits, Ben Folds Five are finally back. The trio from North Carolina came together back in 1993, proclaiming themselves ‘‘punk rock for sissies’’ and breaking through with singles like Underground, Brick and Army while the mass of the alt-music world was moshing to ‘90s grunge. There was seven years, three albums, and a multitude of hits which made their way from...

Posted 22 Aug 2012 @ 1:37pm

Ben Folds hits an insipid new low with this tinkling, preachy how-to-live-your-life indie piano nerd ballad. The refrain is such a weird and flat anti-musical exercise that you have to wonder what level of irony is being employed here. He’s done some lovely, funny and affecting things over the course of his career, but this irritating, over-cranked tune is none of those.

Posted 30 Jun 2011 @ 10:07am

Fatty Gets A Stylist masterminds, Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall take tea on a rare sunny June day at a South Melbourne café to discuss the finer points of what constitutes taking a risk in music these days. For one, both agree calling a band Fatty Gets A Stylist earns a big tick but the most intriguing development in the risk department is that the brand new release - a co-write with...

Posted 19 May 2011 @ 9:43am

Musician and rock geek supreme, Ben Folds is set to thrill Melbourne this Friday. Tickets are still available for all his shows, but you'd better get in quick if you're a Melbourne fan, because they're almost gone.


Starting off at the Royal Theatre in Canberra last week Ben Folds and his four piece group of minstrels have been rolling up the east coast, playing to ecstatic...

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