Kitten (in my robot purse)

July 26, 2008 10:03 PM

My submission to the spy challenge.

Ideally, I would hold out on posting this song until the monthly challenge involved not just spies, but kittens and robots as well.

Some songs are better not explained, and this one might be better if you just think it's random nonsense, but here goes:

Luazinha and I have two cats, one tuxedo, one tiger-striped. Our friend Rachel noticed that when they stalked each other for fun as kittens, they resembled Spy vs. Spy comics. She had a vinyl purse with a robot appliqued on it, and one of the cats liked to hide in it. She wrote the lyrics, and I wrote the music.

posted by umbú (13 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

I like this song quite a lot, umbu!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 4:20 PM on July 27, 2008

Also, your singing threw me off for the first listen. It wasn't until halfway through the second listen that I could hear the spy theme in the music. That was wonderfully done!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 7:58 PM on July 27, 2008

"Oh no!" Ha ha ha this rules.

Mellotron? Really?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 9:42 PM on July 27, 2008

Yeah, well, sampled mellotron--the 'strawberry fields' flute, and the electronic voices that start off the tune.
posted by umbú at 2:02 AM on July 28, 2008

Oh really? Those electronic voices are pretty neat.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:35 AM on July 28, 2008

Ha! This is fantastic. I really, really love the second part. What a great feel.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:43 AM on July 28, 2008

This has been a fantastic week at MefiMusic. This reminds me of the first wave of music I found here that surprised me because they sounded much better than the home recordings I was expecting. Great song umbú, thx for posting it.
posted by micayetoca at 3:08 PM on July 29, 2008

This is so great. I like the harmonic shift in the second half of the song (the non-spy part, I guess), and I especially love that the bridge is from the perspective of the purse. And I like the Mellotron too. I like everything!

Thanks for sharing your inspiration -- it's cool that the lyrics work on a literal level and also on a silly nonsense level.
posted by danb at 6:36 PM on July 29, 2008

This is catchy, I listened to it a few days ago and had it stuck in my head, I didn't know what the hell I was singing than I remembered the song was from Mefi. Really good stuff.
posted by BrnP84 at 9:13 PM on July 30, 2008

Dear lord that is a catchy song. I have a feeling I'll be humming this one for a few weeks.
posted by spiderskull at 9:42 AM on August 2, 2008

umbú: this is exquisite. i don't normally even use that word, but for this, it's the only one that really fits.
posted by saulgoodman at 2:22 PM on August 5, 2008

This is fun! Like if They Might Be Giants were much looser.
posted by not_on_display at 12:20 PM on August 6, 2008

I like the Bach leading up to the end. The whole song is great!
posted by matildaben at 8:02 AM on November 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

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