Max the King of All Wild Things
Sometimes I think this. But they’re both two sides of the same coin for me in a very subjective way. One was the album I listened to while wanting to get out of my small little Texan town. The other was the album I listened to, thinking back on home, after having lived in NYC for several years. I love them both.
“did bands start trying to make their kid a?”
I think there’s also probably an argument to make here that Kid A’s real importance lies not in other bands attempting their own Kid A but in a lot of music listeners wanting bands to attempt so. Reinvention has always been present in art, but Kid A was such a prominent and successful transformation just as the internet, and discussion of music on it, was really taking off, that I sometimes wonder if it ended up creating an atmosphere of expectations for other bands.
“Clark and Michael” was pretty funny, and “Huddle Formation” was in the trailer for that. It was also in Little Big Planet.
All pretty cool things. Cool sounds. Cool times.
Side-bar: Man those comments from ’04 are hilarious:
“Bands who switch off instruments bother me. Except when R.E.M. does it.
I’ll check out the streamable Arcade Fire tracks despite this.”
“Arcade Fire = this year’s Broken Social Scene”
“all these bands reaffirm why 2004 has been the worst year in music”
Oh, Stereogum comments of yore.
It’s completely impossible for to objectively engage this album anymore. I pretty much credit a friend handing the CD to me, telling me “you just have to listen to this,” with setting off a series of moments that resulted in me discovering the college I eventually moved halfway across the country to attend. I’ve talked to other people who have similar memories around it–of something turning or at least the feeling like something pivotal was happening. Part of that is undeniably the kind of music contained within, it’s looking both forward and back, reaching out for either. Part of it is probably the early high school timing it had for people around my age.
It’s just a hell of a record.
Thanks for the great write up. When I looked up a video of them for the first time, it was Perry and Butler drumming on each other, and it’s always stuck with me too.
Alex Jones sits down for a cup of coffee and loads up to Stereogum to get the hottest new takes on Ariana Grande, U2, and Coldplay. As he skims the front page, lips pressed to his mug, he sees an article about his favorite rapper, Kendrick Lamar, playing an odd show. He reads it. He reads it again. Blood starts to trickle down his nose, and his forehead furrows. He is needed.
Right? I realized this after someone mentioning the Futurehead’s self-titled awhile back on here sent me on a mid-00′s indie-rock binge. I looked at the date for all of them and realized they were all a decade ago. Then I complained about it to no one in particular. Then I realized that’s something my father used to do.
It’s been an existentially troubling week. Thanks, Stereogum comments!
I come across Frightened Rabbit in the most random places. My favorite, though, was when “My Backwards Walk” was on the show Chuck, and no one in production seemed to notice the lyrics “You’re the shit and I’m knee deep in it,” which then just played over Network TV for like 20 seconds.
Yeah, it seems like just yesterday I was making snarky anonymous comments about that hot new “Get on Your Boots” here on stereogum dot com. I’ve grown so old, seen so little, upvoted so much.
A Yeezus reference would have probably brought this into straight-up parody.
I was expecting it, too. But at least it didn’t start off with a “Does the world really need another U2 album?” thing.