“Vincent Van Gough” by Resistor

It’s not often, but sometimes a song hits you at the exact right moment in your life.  As a fat, midwestern schlub writing music reviews on his Axl Rose-themed blog, Resistor’s “Vincent Van Gough” struck a nerve.  I guess what I’m trying to say is: please take this review with a grain of (rock) salt, because this song got my number in a big, big way.

"Is it any wonder I reject you first?"

“Fame: Is it any wonder I reject you first?”

Resistor is synthpop band languishing in obscurity that is poised to release their first album…soon-ish.  The album’s single/central thesis is “Vincent Van Gough.”  The song is a tongue-in-cheek look at fame starvation in the Internet age.  The song is an anthem for all those lonely Brony’s trying, and failing, to achieve fame online: like I said, it hit close to home for me.

Synthesizers have always fascinated me, so Resistor’s synth-chic rubbed me the right way.  Lyrically the song has a very Ray Davies cheery-but-dark sensibility that plays well against the bouncy, upbeat synth accompaniment.  The song gleefully name-checks a bunch of really talent people who didn’t achieve fame until after their death (hence the song’s title).  I particularly loved the chorus, “I always heard, if you build it they’ll come, but if that doesn’t work, you can always try dying young.” Every time I hear those lines I smile but also involuntarily wince. Fame’s a bitch.

Go take a listen to “Vincent Van Gough” over at Resistor’s SoundCloud page.

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6 thoughts on ““Vincent Van Gough” by Resistor

  1. lpon45 says:

    Hey there – welcome back! I’m so glad to see you’re posting regularly again, and I’m busy catching up on your latest musings.

    This song is hitting me where I live, too, because I just released my first novel as an ebook on Amazon (more on that on my own blog, when I have time to write about it). As excited as I am to have achieved that lifetime milestone, it isn’t exactly the tickertape parade I had dreamed about.

    Luckily, talent does win out – as your fine, fine blog proves with every post. Chat soon!

    (P.S. Where do you find songs like this? What a loopy delight!)

    • How ironic that you kept blogging and have published a book and I stopped and HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. I didn’t make a very serious attempt at it…but still.

      I’m back! The blog just wouldn’t die, even after I ignored it for a year I kept getting comments and likes. I decided to come back because I really missed it.

      This song was actually emailed to me by the artist, but I’m always on the look out for loopy stuff. Thanks for remembering me.

  2. RESISTOR says:

    Thanks very much for the kind words, Jason. It’s hard out there on the internet!

  3. lpon45 says:

    Let me know when it’s out there as well, Mr. Resistor!

  4. Wow!!! You sure do not hear songs like this on the radio!!! But you really should!!! I love to listen to what message songs have to say and this one has a very strong one. I enjoyed this song and would like to hear more when the album comes out. Let me know bro.

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