|Low's Mimi Parker and Zak Sally accompany a monkey|
on a ride during the music video for their 2005 song
"Monkey." © ℗ 2005 Sub Pop Records.
|© ℗ 2005 Sub Pop Records|
"Monkey" is one of two songs from their 2005 album The Great Destroyer to receive the video treatment. The song stands alone as the only album track to have received the remix treatment on a CD dedicated to it. Five remixes of "Monkey" appear on a CD called Tonight the Monkeys Die.
Low is popularly recognized as one of the bands to have originated an alternative rock style dubbed "slowcore." Just as famous as this categorization is the group's rejection of the term, much the same way members of Them Crooked Vultures object to the term "supergroup." However undesirable the term "slowcore" may be, it denotes some musical traits heard in some of Low's original material, such as simple arrangements, crawling tempos and unimportant lyrics.
|Photo added by Gloria Klempert|
to photo album on Robert Plant's
official Facebook fan page
This early favorite from the Band of Joy tour is a moody piece for sure. As Robert Plant says, "Mood and lilt and, through the years, swagger and some sort of physicality through the music [have] been really quite important to me, to get it beyond the words."
On the original, Sparhawk sings the melody, allowing Parker to add harmony. Plant's cover version benefits from the late addition of Patty Griffin to the in-studio personnel. "There were times as the record progressed when we needed a really high salutation, a voice that soared above it all and brought home integral parts of the songs," says Plant. "Buddy had just been producing the most recent album for Patty Griffin [Downtown Church]. It seemed perfect because she was so free and easy about approaching 'Monkey' and 'Silver Rider' where it kind of needed a real vocal approach in an area where I hadn't heard her sing before."