I apparently really like Burt Bacharach lately, as he wrote “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” as well. “Baby It’s You” was a hit for the Shirelles and the Beatles, but I prefer this version. It bubbled up on my mental ipod shuffle due to the Death Proof soundtrack, and has tenaciously maintained its grip since. I dig how lead singer and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls extra lookalike Gayle McCormick belts it out despite the obvious prerecorded music track. The backup band looks like every stepdad in 1970s Suburbia.
Archive for July, 2008
This is in my head today.
Goddamn, Void is a true mess of a masterpiece. These lyrics don’t seem to have been translated anywhere. I’ve listened to this song a billion times and can only kinda sorta figure them out. I love this absolutely nihilist and angry band.
Give me my grenades, let me go soon
I don’t want to miss anymore (?) I already got my boots
Fuck, this shit, man, (?)I just want to kill
I want to die in a war!
My friends are afraid of being drafted
They’re afraid to die, don’t ask me why
They burn their cards and make their mommies cry
I want to go because I want to die
I want to die in a war!
My iPod is a disorganized mess, but sometimes shuffle hits a sweet spot and churns out perfect song after perfect song to meet one’s mood. This morning playlist so far is a case in point:
Turbonegro- Reggare are a bunch of motherfuckers (wow, that opening riff!)
Honor Role- War (a neglected hardcore gem of a band)
The Smiths – Barbarism Begins at Home (hmm, ipod seems to want to change my mood now…)
The Sweet- Santa Monica Sunshine (my foot is tapping and I’m imagining driving on the PCH in a Karmann Ghia with the top down)
Helmettes- I don’t care what people say (super snotty punk rock with an accent)
Void- War Hero (man, my coffee caffeine fix is kicking in– “my friends are afraid of being drafted, afraid to die, don’t ask me why… i want to go because i want to die)
Hated- Police on my back (so so catchy, crap this song is going to be in my head all day…)
Morrissey- In the Future When All’s Well (quite a contrast from the flippant nihilism of Void, Morrissey comes through with a hopeful anthem of dreaming of when love and appreciation will matter?)
Dow Jones and the Industrials- Can’t Stand the Midwest (another song I will have to pry out of my brain with a knitting needle…)
Zero Boys- She Said Goodbye (Jesus, iPod, this is song is so ridiculously catchy that I will wake up at 3 am singing this one. Wouldn’t be the first time…)
The Clash- I’m Not Down(full disclosure- I only like a few Clash songs. I think as a whole they are profoundly overrated. I know this borders on heresy, but I stand by this statement. This is one of the songs I like)
Social Distortion- Telling Them (this instantly takes me back to seeing “Another State of Mind” on Night Flight 20 years ago and beginning my lifelong enthrallment with punk rock…)
When I have a spare second, i will create a Sendspace link for these songs so you can dig on it.