Monday, May 08, 2006

Gut Twisters #2

More slow, deep cuts in the deep, deep guts. These three all from the high school years, and representing as wide a cross-section as you mighta got on one of my old mix tapes, which is to say, quite a narrow cross-section.

Specific is the balm for the wounded or aspirationally wounded high school heart...

The Replacements - Achin' to Be
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Though there are no strings in it, per se, I tend to hear a lotta viola. Certainly not their best record, but this song is way up at the top of my Westerberg list.

Ian McCulloch - Start Again
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This song starts off with the line "woke up sad," which made it easy to take literally as a teen, though McCulloch suffered considerably without his Bunnymen.

The Cure - One More Time
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The Cure became, at a certain point, so adept at penning Gut Twisters that one might say it was a flaw. This song is ridiculous, and it comes even before Disintegration, which for my money is more of an extended gut-flaying.


  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger jbreitling said…

    Always loved that calliope/organy bit in the Cure track. And I often sang along with the Mats track with perhaps a little too much vigor back in its Heyday. That's certainly a wistful three, Sr. Rambis.

  • At 2:04 PM, Anonymous TradeYourTuna said…

    Great selection you got going on. Kind of makes me want to hop back in time and on to one of those afterschool specials about kids who cut themselves with blades. Ya know, "I'm Secret Cutter." I think it's grand you put One More Time up. keep being excellent and i'll never turn away.


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