Tuesday, May 13, 2008

They Might Be Giants

Has there ever been an album you've hated to love more in your entire life than "Flood?" Is it rock, alternative, polka, lyrical genius?? Whatever it is, I recall many a day after junior high, coming home, throwing in the tape, and trying to sink a mini-basketball on a plastic hoop in my room. How's that for a disturbed youth---pretending to be Adrian Dantley at the foul line at the end of a game while singing "Particle Man"...all in a lonely room in the basement. Needless to say, I wasn't staying after school to play on the real team.

I mean...let's roll through the titles--gems in their own right:

Theme From Flood
Birdhouse in Your Soul
Lucky Ball & Chain
Istanbul
Dead
Your Racist Friend
Particle Man
Twisting
We Want a Rock
Someone Keeps Moving My Chair
Hearing Aid
Minimum Wage
Letterbox
Whistling in the Dark
Hot Cha
Women & Men
Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love
They Might Be Giants
Road Movie To Berlin

Not too strange until you delve a little more into the lyrics--I mean I sang these at the top of my lungs even into the "Honda Accord years" when I was able to drive. I had no idea what I was singing about..and I probably hit at least 85% of the words correctly. Which reminds me of Sean's (friend) older brother who swore up and down that Color Me Badd had a hit song called "I want to SET you up"...I loved that song.


Lyrics from "Dead":
I returned a bag of groceries
Accidently taken off the shelf
Before the expiration date
I came back as a bag of groceries
Accidently taken off the shelf
Before the date stamped on myself
Did a large procession wave their
Torches as my head fell in the basket,
And was everybody dancing on the casket?
Now its over Im dead and I havent done anything that I want
Or, Im still alive and theres nothing
I want to doI will never say the word
Procrastinate again;
Ill never
See myself in the mirror with my eyes closed
I didnt apologize for
When I was eight and I made my younger brother
Have to be my personal slave
Did a large procession wave their
Torches as my head fell in the basket,
And was everybody dancing on the casket?
Now its over Im dead and I havent done anything that I want
Or, Im still alive and theres nothing I want to do

Why even have commas in that...who knows. Jonny Cash-esque it is not.

Ne'ertheless (I'm not even going to spell-check that one) I believe I could sing the entire album without the music playing along with Eric Sorenson. Is it any wonder that I didn't go to Prom until my Senior year??

I'll leave you with these words of Wisdom...

Particle man, particle man
Doing the things a particle can
Whats he like? its not important
Particle man
Is he a dot, or is he a speck?
When hes underwater does he get wet?
Or does the water get him instead?
Nobody knows, particle man

Coming Soon---Mike Tyson's (almost) conquest of the world.

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