Dog Days Are Over

22 January 2011 · 6 comments

In early December, at the end of the Glee episode where the kids go to Sectionals, I was literally moved to tears by this song:


Glee – Dog Days Are Over

Some of my (very manly) tears came from all of the Glee soap opera that led up to this, but a lot of it was just the song. So frickin’ amazing!

I meant to check out the original song (from a group called Florence + The Machine, which I’d never heard of), but I forgot to do so. Today, Trent linked to the original version of the song above, and I suddenly remembered my mission to learn more about this band.


Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over

What can I say? It’s bean a long, long time since I’ve loved a band this much. I love Florence + The Machine more than The Decemberists. Maybe more than U2. These songs are glorious. If Sinead O’Connor — whom I used to believe had a musical window into my soul — is going to produce psuedo-mystical folk crap, I need somebody that can fill her boots. Florence + The Machine can do that. They’re like early Sinead: raw power and emotion.


Sinead O’Connor – Jackie


Sinead O’Connor – Troy

I mean, listen to these songs:


Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over


Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)


Florence + The Machine – Kiss With a Fist


Florence + The Machine – Drumming Song


Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love


Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got the Love

This music gets me deep inside. I can’t wait to hear more.

I’ve been watching Florence + The Machine videos all afternoon. It’s only fair that I order the CD from Amazon. Oh, and while I’m at it, the vinyl LP.

Bonus Videos! Some of you know that I love a capella covers of modern pop. A decade ago, I made a whole series of CDs filled with a capella covers. Anyhow, here are a couple of versions of “Dog Days Are Over”.

First up, The Virginia Belles:


Virginia Belles – Dog Days Are Over

Next, the Kenyon College Owl Creeks:


Kenyon College Owl Creeks – Dog Days Are Over

But wait! There’s more! Here’s Tulane’s Green Envy:


Green Envy – Dog Days Are Over

And, finally, the BC Dynamics with an amazing soloist:


BC Dynamics – Dog Days Are Over

Wow, I love the soloist in that last one. Hell, I just love that song.

1 Lane January 22, 2011 at 19:06

ohh,ohh,ohh, can I get a copy of your acapella CD? I watched that damned show The Sing Off, just for the occasional good cover. (Note, I’ve always loved barbershop quartets).

2 luneray January 22, 2011 at 21:00

thank you.

3 Will January 23, 2011 at 00:31

Kenyon College… I’ve heard you have to be some kind of genius to go there.

4 Amanda January 24, 2011 at 09:56

I heard a clip of Cosmic Love in an episode of The Vampire Diaries last year (don’t make fun) and instantly had to buy the CD. You’re right–her music is glorious. Coincidentally, I heard Dog Days are Over playing on the overhead music feed in a discount retail store over the weekend. Glad someone in their programming department has such good taste. :-)

5 MutantSuperModel January 24, 2011 at 10:04

Wow. I am LOVING that Dog Days are Over song. Going to check out the rest of their videos you posted. The video is also gorgeous. Her voice has a way of crawling into your belly… Thanks for sharing! I don’t watch Glee (cut my cable and internet at home) so I probably would never have heard of this.

6 Eileen January 24, 2011 at 12:00

Yay, new (to me) music! Your post inspired me to purchase Lungs. I am enjoying My Boy Builds Coffins most of all!!!

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