Friday, September 10, 2010

Town Meeting Song - The Polyphonic Spree

The world has lost another great actor, but this time one that wasn't as high profile in the Disney world (and perhaps the entire film world) as we've seen lately. GLENN SHADDIX passed away on Tuesday after an accident in his home apartment. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and fans.

If that name isn't too familiar, you probably will recognize his voice as the Mayor of Halloweentown in The Nightmare Before Christmas, a role he reprised for subsequent Nightmare and Kingdom Hearts video games. Shaddix has provided additional voices for other Disney productions, such as Quack Pack and Lilo & Stitch: the Series, as well as roles in other animated shows like Teen Titans, Cow & Chicken, Jackie Chan Adventures and The Mask.

He has also done a number of live action roles where he is better known. He was discovers by Tim Burton and the two became good friends. Burton cast Shaddix in what would become his breakthrough role as Otho, the New York interior decorator from hell, in Beetlejuice. He also played Senator Nado in Burton's Planet of the Apes.

Although the Mayor doesn't get a song of his own, I have chosen Town Meeting Song from the concept album NIGHTMARE REVISITED by a band that is just as avant-garde as Shaddix, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE.

I first heard the Polyphonic Spree when they were musical guests on Scrubs. Their multi-instrument/musician composition and wacky sense of dress and stage presence had me captivated.

TRIPIPING DAISY frontman Tim DeLaughter created The Polyphonic Spree after the death of Tripping Daisy guitarist Wes Berggren. The formation of the group was DeLaughter's response to the tragedy, giving this new band an emotional platform which still comes across in their music to this day.

Their cover of Town Meeting Song takes great liberty from the original but still retains the spirit of Jack trying to convey his thoughts to a group of misinterpreting townfolk. Practically nine minutes long, the Polyphonic Spree have created an epic of a song, but while their drastic departure from the original may deem this as a 'bad cover', this new version takes you on a journey and is fairly complex in its structure, instrumentation and vocal arrangements. I like it.


Fongolia said...

Aw, I remember him most from Beetlejuice. Just re-watched the Day-O sequence-- classic!

theWallflower said...

The song goes too long, the tone doesn't fit the original intent of the song at all, and the singer sings like he's got a gun to his head.