The Happy Campers Sing The Icky Cottage Blues

“I knew things were bad when I unzipped my bag and a spider crawled right inside.”

The Happy Campers move into the vacation rental from hell in their latest single and video Icky Cottage Blues — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

Pounding drumbeats, wailing guitars, and a wild, careening rhythm are the backdrop to a tale that starts out, “I knew things were bad / When I unzipped my bag / And a spider crawled right inside.” Mice, bats, and rats also have their cameos, as well as a mysteriously sticky carpet and a shower so scuzzy it’s better to bathe in the lake.

Sound familiar? Then you’ll understand the comical lyrics and vibe of this latest single by this husband-and-wife team made up of music veteran Chris Birkett and Juno-nominated video director Joan Prowse.

It’s a scenario the Toronto duo knew was relatable. “Each summer, thousands of families head to cottages for some R&R,” they said. “Away from city life, they arrive only to find garbage left behind by previous guests, appliances that don’t work, dead flies and mouse droppings inside cupboards and drawers, and bedrooms and bathrooms that had seen better days.”

The Happy Campers use fun-loving lyrics, pop melodies and videos to highlight today’s popular issues. Whether it’s a growing preoccupation with cell phones (Tweet Me Right) or kids singing about climate change (Save Our Beautiful World), their personable approach is meant to appeal to a wide audience of listeners.

Watch the video for Icky Cottage Blues above, check out the song below, and find The Happy Campers at their website, Twitter and Facebook.