Amazing historical fact, but the song is just kind of blah.
Whip-Smart is definitely underrated. “Supernova” would be on my list of 100 best songs of the 90s. It’s weird that Exile in Guyville is the only one that ever gets remembered.
As for Whitechocolatespaceegg, I’d say that’s a harder call — quite interesting, but not on the level of Exile and Whip-Smart, though I’d be interested to hear a more extended argument for why it’s great. Maybe I should listen to that album again (it would be the first time doing so since the 90s).
It’s silly to have a played-on-the-radio requirement for something to be eligible for song of the summer. I mean, people probably listen to internet radio way more than actual radio now anyway, and there’s no real real “overground” or “underground” anymore — it’s all one big mish-mash, with artists and sounds moving back and forth (for better or worse). Also, why bother having a poll to pick an “ubiquitous hit,” since it’ll be pretty obvious what’s “uniquitious”? I want to know what the Stereogum community thinks is the best summary song this summer, not what they think will be endlessly played on the radio (which they’re probably not even that good at judging anyway).
I voted for Sia, but for the record, “Talking Backwards” is the song of the summer.
Great artists tend to be pretty sensitive. I mean, the novelist Claire Messud had a similar reaction during a pretty friendly interview earlier this year, since she felt she was being treated like a “woman writer” rather than just a writer. And just think about *every single moment* of Don’t Look Back.
Because what the world needs now is another washed-up alt rocker copyright troll, like I need a hole in my head.
The lyrics to Arcade Fire songs often allude or echo the lyrics of other songs on the album in weirdly poetic ways. For example: compare “Ocean of Noise” & the rising sea metaphore in “Windowpane.” For example: all the driving imagery in the Suburbs, or how getting pulled over by the police in “Sprawl I” echoes running away from the police in “Sprawl II.” If anything, Arcade Fire lyrics are kind of underrated, partially because they seem pretty lame when heard out of the album’s context.
#1 is exactly right. The rest: whaaaaa???
I’ve been listening to the Afghan Whigs since the 90s, and this album in particular is one of the few from the era that I still continue to enjoy. It belongs in the special canon of records like Yeezus that perfectly capture the very worst of the male psyche, that weird pride-injured combination of arrogance and neediness.
This was a shocking album to hear in the 7th grade. At the time, I didn’t really know what to make of it, other than that it was telling me the world was way more weird and horrible than I had imagined. Now, I tend to think of the album as being about a guy trying to get his moral bearings, but failing. To me, these lyrics from “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” are at the heart of the whole thing:
Hate, hate your enemies
Save, save your friends
Find, find your place
Speak, speak the truth
These are good values. He’s trying to convince himself to follow them. But he can’t. He basically just keeps on collapsing into being a self-hating mess (“What is wrong with me?”). What do we get out of it? Whatever we get out of any tragedy, I guess. And unlike Yeezus, there’s no “Bound 2″ to wink and take the edge off at the end.