This is my favorite scene from High Fidelity (a must-see for any self-respecting music fan). The great irony (if it is, in fact, an irony… never been very good in the field of ironics) is that this scene sold many copies of “Dry the Rain” by The Beta Band. It stands as one of the greatest, most blatant promotions ever done for a song.
Since then, The Beta Band have broken up. One of the members, Steve Mason, went off on his own under the name King Biscuit Time. The other three members, led by Gordon Anderson, became the Aliens.
The Aliens only have one long-play release – Astronomy for Dogs – but it was one of my favorite albums of last year. I think it’s a good extension of what The Beta Band was doing, but includes a new, more rockin’ direction.
Here’s “The Happy Song,” and would be a good fit for Jack Black’s “Monday morning work” mix from the movie.
And this is “Setting Sun.” It’s a bit more indicative of the rest of the album. Enjoy.