Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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Random thoughts about random songs

- The new Offspring single “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” has (edited for radio, of course) the line “Now dance, fucker, dance.” I keep hearing it as “Now: dance, fuck, or dance.” Wonky syntax, but amusing syntax!

- Airborne Toxic Event’s “Sometime Around Midnight”: If Richard “Donnie Darko” Kelly made a film set in 2008 or 2009, I think he’d use this song. Likely fits his soaring, Eighties Goth-informed sensibilities. It’s also a song both bittersweet and sexy. It’s about conflicting feelings and the difficulties from those conflicts:

And it starts…
sometime around midnight
or at least that's when
you lose yourself
for a minute or two

As you stand…
under the barlights
and the band plays some song
about forgetting yourself for a while
and the piano's this melancholy soundcheck
to her smile
And that white dress she's wearing
you haven't seen her
for a while

But you know…
that she's watching
She's laughing, she's turning
she's holding her tonic like a crux
The room suddenly spinning
she walks up and asks how you are
so you can smell her perfume
you can see her lying naked in your arms

And so there's a change…
in your emotions
and all of these memories come rushing
like feral waves to your mind
of the curl of your bodies
like two perfect circles entwined
and you feel hopeless, and homeless
and lost in the haze
of the wine

And she leaves…
with someone you don't know
but she makes sure you saw her
she looks right at you and bolts
As she walks out the door
your blood boiling
your stomach in ropes
and then your friends say what is it
you look like you've seen a ghost

And you walk…
under the streetlights
and you're too drunk to notice
that everyone is staring at you
and you so care what you look like
the world is falling
around you

You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her

and you know that she'll break you
in two

I also have a weakness for sentences and lyrics that start with “And.” Which U2 songs do a lot.

- I’ve long maintained that, with so many artists writing so many songs, eventually there’ll be a song about every possible subject.

That said, have there ever been songs about menstruation?

- Dear members of the band Incubus:

See that point I made above about songs about everything? Your song “Love Hurts” makes me think of that. ”Love hurts…but sometimes it’s a good hurt…”: NOT the most profound lines, guys. NO profound lines in that song, in fact. For real. (“As common as a cold day in L.A.”? Really?) And the thing is, John Mellencamp already covered that subject: remember “Hurts So Good”? And his song didn’t sound like a funeral dirge, either.

No love,
Incubus non-fan

- Dept. of Unfortunate Associations Dept.: I already didn’t like Incubus, and one time early this decade I was reading an online article about Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive when your song “Drive” came on the radio. Now I can’t hear that song without thinking of Maximum Overdrive. Damn you, Incubus!

- “Spaceman” by The Killers: Bizarre story – apparently about alien abduction, though who knows what Brandon Flowers intends with a lot of his lyrics – told in straightforward, eyes-wide style, which (to me) makes it funnier. Flowers sings it like he’s a child explaining something he doesn’t really understand. (Can you say “ingenuous”? I knew you could!) And I bounce along a bit to the song. So it’s successful.

I’ve said since their second album Sam’s Town that The Killers should try writing a song with Jim Steinman, and I still believe that! Let Brandon let out his inner Meat Loaf! (Not that there’s much room for Meat Loaf in that skinny man…unless Brandon and the others assemble like Voltron…)

- New U2 tune, titled Get On Your Boots”: So is “get on your boots” slang from somewhere? The DJ I listen to named Tara (middays over on 94.7) went a little nuts over how that’s not quite grammatical, that maybe it should be “Get your boots on,” and I slightly agree. I wanted to find if “get on your boots” showed up online somewhere, but of course now every Google page so far comes up with U2 links. Thwarted!

Desiring good grammar in rock songs. I’m a weird listener.

- Cheeky Chris is cheeky: maybe my favorite chorus right now? It’s

’Cause I like you so much better when you’re naked
I like me so much better when you’re naked
I like you so much better when you’re naked
I like me so much better when you’re naked
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