It was probably 1994 when my brother popped his head into my bedroom and said “Hey, you know that song by Nirvana? The he’s the one who likes all our pretty songs and he likes to sing along… one?”
Me: “Um, yeah.”
Brother, with a snarky smile: “Do you know what it means? Heh.”
Me: “Yeah, it’s about someone who sings along to a song and doesn’t know what it’s about.”
Brother: “Oh…. Yeah.” He was defeated in his attempt at a dig.
Little did he know that I’d been following his choices in music for a few years by then. He would voraciously read Spin and Rolling Stone and I in return would flip through his CD collection and make mental notes.
These days I still pay attention to what bands he’s listening to. The difference is that we now openly share good music and he respects my taste in return.
So when he told me to check out Group Love, I did. And then when he told me I absolutely HAD to respond to their ad for people to be in a music video, I did.
That’s how I found myself in a house in Dalston on the hottest day of the year hanging out with about 20 other extras and the band. I left with several impressions.
- Being an extra is really monotonous and only to be undertaken when paid or for a project you really believe in.
- People who have random Mondays off and choose to spend them as an extra in a music video are an interesting lot.
- Group Love are really down to Earth nice people who deserve all the success in the world.
- Listening to a song on repeat for about 8 hours straight is a guaranteed way to get the song stuck in your head. Take me to your best friend’s house, dun nah – dah nah – nah nah nuh…
We were rewarded for our hard work with a private impromptu performance of songs other than Tongue Tied.
A few days later, I was already going through withdrawals. Group Love was performing at Bar Fly in Camden. I scrambled up some tickets, called up fellow extra, Holly, and went to check out the sold out show. I love it when bands play small intimate shows. I hope they get really huge, but sadly that will ruin my chances for having a repeat experience.
Click here to see the video for Tongue Tied. If you pay close attention, you can see me pushing through the crowd at about 3:39.
Group Love’s debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, arrives September 13. Check them out, they rock.