You give me fever in more ways than one…
Mu and I have been watching a YouTube channel called Sailing Kittiwake for quite some time now. It charts the travels of a young couple, initially on a Catamaran called Kittiwake (hence the Channel name) and then on a Sailing Boat. The last episode we watched, last week explained that the female of the couple had contracted Dengue Fever!
Dengue Fever is a mosquito-transmitted disease and not at all pleasant, even in a mild form. Here is detail about it
The couple had been sailing and living in the Caribbean and she had contracted the disease. She is almost fully over the episode now thankfully, but it had been an ordeal.
This made me think of the band Dengue Fever. They are a Cambodian/American Indie Rock band or at least they were when I saw them. They formed in the 2000’s and you can read all about how they did here.
Two of their songs really stand out for me
Tiger Phone Card
The fusion of classic Cambodian songs, Psych, Garage Rock and Surf and their songs being inspired by these genres from an American and Cambodian perspective make them truly global and truly unique.
I really love the graphic for album Venus On Earth from which “Tiger Phone Card” comes. It really sums up everything about the band. You can listen to the album here
I give you fever – take a listen
Of course, if we go back further, there is a song about fever that has been covered by many, many people. The original was by Little Willie John. Take a listen here
My favourite cover is by The Cramps from their album Songs the Lord Taught Us. Such a great version of the song. Such a great album also, I still have this on vinyl from way back.