Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Zed - Renegade Fighter

Some songs just rock.

Some songs don’t really offer much more than a surge of energy and good feeling, and you know what William Dafoe said in 1986’s best picture “Platoon;” “Felling good, is good enough.” If William Dafoe said it, you can take it to the bank with confidence it is truth.

Everyone knows Australia’s solution to rocking out and how awesome they are, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone too much to learn that Australia’s closest neighbour New Zealand likes to kick ass as well. For long time readers, you’ll remember me talking about The Feelers way back in August of 2007. The Feelers are, as far as I know, New Zealand’s biggest rock group, but they did not write New Zealand’s most badass rock song; at least not as far as I know.

Simply calling themselves, Zed, this group of rock and rollers set out to achieve the near impossible, international notoriety and fame. When you live on a small island in the Pacific Ocean and you write music that is designed to be nothing more than cult classics, it is a great challenge to jump into mainstream popularity on a global scale. When you live in New Zealand your best bet is to try to win over Britain, and then see where it goes from there.

Where The Feelers were content to rule their home country as rock gods, Zed reached for the stars and set out for England.... Time proved The Feelers wise. While Zed as pretty vanished from the face of the Earth, The Feelers are still gods in New Zealand, even if no one else has heard of them, except me of course, but in many ways I have literally became that guy, you know, who knows stuff like this.

Zed only ever released one album, but in a weird way, they did achieve their dream of fame. The popularity of one of their songs soared through the Internet, and rocked its way into the hearts of nerds and rockers alike. “Renegade Fighter,” is a badass song.

Not to say the entire self titled album “Zed,” has no other good songs, they are all decent tracks, but “Renegade Fighter,” is special, very special.

If you listen to Renegade Fighter and don’t want to conquer the world with your own perpetual awesomeness, I would have to sadly inform you, that you are, in fact, very boring.

If you can’t rock out to lyrics like;

I’m a lover, I’m a winner, I’m a fighter,
Going to set your soul on fire.
I’m lover, I’m a renegade fighter,
Going to set your soul on fire.

I’m a lover, I’m a sinner, I’m a fighter,
Going to set your soul on fire.
I’m lover, I’m a renegade fighter,
Going to set your soul on fire.

Then yeah, you’re boring.

Now that I think about it, if you don’t have some hidden desire to be an actual renegade fighter in real life, then you really are boring.

That’s it, there’s nothing more to say, some songs just rock.

Until next month, keep on rocking in the free world.

- Colin Kelly