Captain Boring of the S.S. Shut Up
I was a big Morning Benders fan and was really disappointed with the first POP ETC record, but I respected that the band wanted to make the music that made them happy. That said, I think this song is worlds better than anything from the last album. That album sounded like a deliberate effort to tap into contemporary pop, and ultimately it just didn’t sound natural. This song, while mining a similar territory, really feels like something they needed to make, rather than just trying to do something they wanted to make. I’m really excited about the new album now.
I am a Foo Fighters fan. I like all of their albums, even if I don’t listen to them a ton. And I thought the last one was great. That said, this one just doesn’t seem like it’s gonna be very good. I just think you aren’t going to write your best songs when the entire album is based on a gimmick that you are trying to work within. Either way, the show is kind of interesting at least.
Am I the only one getting a Nirvana vibe from the bassline here? It’s got that very heavy, Novoselic style. And even when the initial guitar riff kicks in, it still has that vibe, before progressing into something more traditional Foo Fighters.
This album was my introduction to music outside of anything my school or parents played. It was the first album I ever loved, and still the most important album to me. And I was really young when it came out – 8 years old, but I loved it from the first time I heard it, and still love it just as much to this day. Every song is really perfect, but About A Girl has always been my favorite song on the album. It’s still jarring to me hearing the non-acoustic version.
I also have this very distinct memory of being on the playground singing The Man Who Sold The World, and this kid in my class walked by and sang “Who knows? Not me. I already own this cd!” which he knew I didn’t at the time and was borrowing from a friend. It really pissed me off at the time, and even though I haven’t seen him in years, I still hold that grudge against him.
I have always felt the same way and never bothered to see them live, but I saw them at Rough Trade last night and it was actually very fun. They are not the most energetic bunch, but the music translates a lot better live than I thought it would and distracted from any lack of charisma the band has.
I third the Adult Jazz praise! It’s such an arresting album. I can’t stop listening to it.
These guys are definitely the best band I’ve discovered so far this year. Thanks for all the great coverage of them!
Since this is so similar to her SNL performance so I don’t have much to comment on, I’ll just say that the keyboardist looks just like one of Joker’s henchmen from the 1989 Batman movie.
This is a fantastic read. Thanks for posting.