Song of the day: Chinook – "Good Weird Joker"

Some time ago I played you two songs from a mystery band called Chinook. The mystery was that a two-song CD sampler of their music was sent to me, and I had no idea who sent it.

I’m pleased to say that I subsequently found out who sent the CD. It was Ed Reed (Hi, Ed!), the band’s principle songwriter and singin’ dude.

Now, you may be wondering why on Earth I’d be mentioning all of this. I’m mentioning this because Ed did it again. He sent me another CD unannounced – but this time it was an EP. (Seven tracks! Yay! Five more than two!) On the EP are the two songs from that two-song CD sampler Ed had sent earlier (the mystery one), but also five other songs that I’d not heard before. I’m guessing that not too many other people have heard those other songs before either, because the EP hasn’t been released yet (well, not officially). According to Ed, that’ll happen at their CD launch at an entertainment and frivolity establishment on the 23rd of this particular month.

(Note to self: just say “at a venue on January 23”, Peter. Don’t try to say something in a cryptic way. It doesn’t make you look clever – it just makes other people annoyed.)

Actually, I’ll let the poster for the gig let you know as well…

As for today’s Song of the day (that’s the reason you came here, isn’t it?), I’ve decided to go with the only track that Ed doesn’t sing lead vocals on. This song is one where the main vocals are supplied by the band’s keyboardist, Moira Reed (Hi, Moira!) – who may or may not be related to one Ed Reed.

Hopefully, me choosing that song over all the others won’t bother Ed too much (e.g.: “You chose that? How could you? I’m the star! They’re my songs! Oh, why did I ever let our keyboard player sing one of the songs? I’m the star! It’s not fair!!!” etc).

Here is Ed Reed Moira Reed singing lead vocals on Chinook’s new EP:

Chinook – “Good Weird Joker” (2011)


In the interests of band harmony, here’s Ed singing a song on the EP:

Chinook – “Heart Inside My Hand” (2011)


I hope the band will still be together after this post.

By the way, on “Good Weird Joker” I think Moira sounds a little like Kirsty MacColl. (To me, someone sounding like Kirsty MacColl is A Good Thing. A Very, Very Good Thing.)

So, if you’re in Australia (or, more specifically, in a Victorian Social Club) on January 23 (see above), feel free to go see a band called Chinook. And ask Ed if he’s going to let other people sing his songs from now on.

A photo of Moira – and some other people.

Chinook on MySpace


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