Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Show preview: Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now! at Schubas, 5/6

Everyone's favorite speak-singing Brit, the always entertaining Eddie Argos, is coming back to Chicago for a show at Schubas this Thursday, May 6. But this time it isn't with his flagship band, Art Brut. The show will feature the music he's made with his girlfriend Dyan Vald├ęs as Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now!, a project that finds the duo looking back at classic pop songs and responding to them by way of original tunes.

Their debut record, Fixin' the Charts, Volume One, includes amusing replies to "Jimmy Mack" by Martha and the Vandellas, "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson" and "He's a Rebel" by The Crystals, to name a few. The two got the idea for the project after hearing "Jimmy Mack" on the radio and agreeing that Jimmy deserved a response to his girlfriend, who sings that she's about to cheat on him if he doesn't come back soon. The record is a lot of fun, and if this material comes off half as entertaining live as Art Brut does, the show will be a great way to spend a Thursday night.

Team band and Chaperone will open the show. $10, 9 p.m., 21 and over. Click here for tickets.

Check out the video to "G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N (You Know I've Got A)" - the duo's Lavigne response - below.

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