12.18.2009

canadian complaints choir

If USians are always bragging, Canadians are always complaining. Both are massive generalizations, of course, and subject to all the usual disclaimers. But damned if it isn't true eight times out of ten.

Wmtc reader David Heap sent me this great clip from "As It Happens". I was going to save it for the February doldrums, but it's just too good to wait. Enjoy.

13 comments:

richard said...

It's like the morning klatch at Tim Horton's but with better pitch

Ferdzy said...

Eh, i hate to say it but the Helsinki Complaints Choir was the original and is still the best - by far.

Hurrah for Canada, a year (or 2!)late and dollar short, not to mention completely derivative. Bah humbug.

On the other hand, I got your package - thank you! Once the Christmas chaos has subsided a bit I will see about possibly getting Kitchener Meeting to do a screening.

L-girl said...

I think the humbug is on you, Ferdzy. I've never heard of the Helsinki Complaints Choir, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Which is all that counts here. :)

So glad you got the LONG OVERDUE package! A Kitchener Meeting screening would be fantastic! Please let me know if/when you set something up. We are in touch with many supporters in the K-W/Guelph area who might be interested.

Scott M. said...

I never knew they had video of that... thanks for sharing!

(For those not in the know, As It Happens is a CBC Radio production.)

Ferdzy said...

Yes, I'm grumpy; sorry. Not a happy Canadian these days. Still, you should google the Helsinki Complaints choir, I think you will like it.

I will let you know when something gets set up, for sure.

L-girl said...

Oh, no need to apologize! Canada is not doing a lot to make us happy these days.

I will Google that. Here's to cheerier times.

David Heap said...

Actually Ferdzy the original Complaints Choir was in Birmingham UK (albeit with Finnish inspiration), followed by Helsinki a year later. The full set in chronological order is worth a listen for those with patience and a taste for international comparative kvetching. The geographical distribution does suggest that Canadians out-complaint Unitedstatesians, or at least are more inclined to sing about it -- thought our choirs are heavily skewed towards the west coast for some reason.

Apart from being national in scope, the CBC video has the added benefit of showing listeners what two radio hosts look like.

L-girl said...

That's hilarious. I've never heard of this at all, I guess because I don't listen to the radio.

I've said this many times in wmtc comments: I'm amazed at how many people still listen to radio. Interesting!

Ferdzy said...

Interesting, David. I knew about Birmingham and Helsinki, but I didn't realize the Birmingham one came first. Somebody sent us the Helsinki one about 2 years ago and we thought it was wonderful and passed it around all over the place, then kind of forgot about it. I had no idea it had practically spawned an industry.

Scott M. said...

I was going to make a snide comment about the fact a non-radio listener is linking to yet another radio show, but I thought better of it. :)

L-girl said...

Then you thought better of thinking better of it.

What's wrong with someone who doesn't listen to the radio posting a video of something that some other people know through radio? What could you possibly find to be snarky about?

David Heap said...

Then you thought better of thinking better of it.
In fairness, Scott's admission is surely proof that his post has been de-snarked.

Surely one of the functions of blogs, FBook etc. is to pass on media links that others might have missed -- I am grateful to friends who post things I might be interested in but missed (because I happened not to have the radio on, or I prefer not to slog through the daily press to find the few worthwhile gems).

L-girl said...

In fairness, Scott's admission is surely proof that his post has been de-snarked.

Well, my friend Scott M has been commenting on this blog a long time, so I'm familiar with his brand of snark. Not that he's alone in using it, by any means! It's very Canadian. I think of it as the passive-aggressive feint.