Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
I have to be honest: I don’t know much about The Automatic (known as The Automatic Automatic in North America) outside of this song. All I know about the band itself is what I’ve gleaned from the linked Wikipedia article. They’re an energetic, hard-partying Welsh punk rock band that’s found limited success on both sides of the pond. That success is mostly due to their one hit so far, “Monster”.
The song itself is fantastic, if not artistically “great”. The plot of the song is fairly similar to that of the movie “Cloverfield“. “What’s that coming over the hill? / Is it a monster? / Is it a monster?” The song’s repeated chorus and addictive energy make it so much fun to listen to over and over again. The cheesy video heightens the experience, taking the lyrics somewhat literally. It even has a bit of a surprise ending. Check it out.
Next time: another British band with a catchy tune