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My first contact with The Raveonettes was a disappointing one: It was a non-contact. They were supposed to play at eurosonic festival in Groningen in January but cancelled at last minute. Not too thrilling.
Just for the record (no pun intended), The Raveonettes are a duo from Denmark. Sympathetically their CD Whip It On is released as an eight song EP that is advertised as
Special priced like a CD Maxi. Thus it only set me back €7.50 or so. It's only eight short songs totalling to a bit more than twenty minutes, but those are twenty minutes well-spent.
The CD cover says it's
Explosive Stereo (Mono compatible) which gives a very good description of their music. It's for you if you find The Strokes too young, The White Stripes too old fashioned and The Moldy Peaches too slow. That is, it has a rock'n'roll attitude, sounds positively dated and low-tech and both of them sing simultaneously at times. It's also 'dirty' in the way it sounds and doesn't make a good companion on headache days.
Their web site gives some more background information on the theoretical background for the album: short three-chord songs in b-flat minor without fancy percussion. It also tells us that they use two extra musicians for live performance, unlike The White Stripes, for example. Unfortunately, this information isn't given on the CD itself.
The CD also features a 'multimedia' part which basically seems to contain a video. It is negatively dated in that it doesn't run on MacOS X and requires Classic instead. Come on, it's 2003!
Favourite songs so far: Attack of the Ghost Riders and Beat City, the first and the last of the CD.
It’s worth the effort of digging out the video on the CD. I’ve seen it on MTV2 in the UK, and it’s got a reasonably good story, but mainly it just looks great.
There’s probably a way to extract the QuickTime portion of the multimedia (which I assume is hiding in there) under Mac OS X. Sadly, it tends to vary a bit. Still, it’s worth the effort, or even shock a reboot.
I already saw the video on telly, so that’s not a big deal.
There’s no need to extract the video from the multimedia stuff as it is easily accesible in a folder on the CD (strangely, both in QuickTime and MPEG format). Mostly all the so-called multimedia on audio CDs seems to be nothing more than a pretty video player made in Director plus a page of text.
I don’t currently have Classic installed and I didn’t want to do it just to see those ‘extras’. That’s a bit too much hassle.