Been awhile since I or spaced99 have done one of these. Figured I'd do it right now because some of these are tunes that I like listening to at night that help me get creative or put me to sleep. Per my last post, I haven't slept much since Friday. I might crash hard after hitting "publish" on this beatch.
So let's kick this shindig off!
Ladies and germs, I present to you the opening track on The Dirty South album by The Drive-By Truckers, "Where The Devil Don't Stay", a song inspired by a poem. If you've never heard of the band then I highly recommend you score yourself a copy of the album and give it a listen.
You know what, I'm just gonna post my favorites off that album and that right there is another. "Puttin' People On The Moon", a song about "rocket envy".
And last but certainly not least, "Cottonseed". It's got more than a few great lines. One of my personal favorites is, "They say every sin is deadly, but I believe they may be wrong... I'm guilty of all seven and I don't feel to bad at all." And the chorus! My goodness that chorus!
Well here it is in written form if you can't wait for that part of the song:
"And I used to have a wad of hundred dollar bills in the back pocket of my suit
I had a .45 underneath my coat and another one in my boot
I drove a big ol' Cadillac, bought a new one any time I pleased
And I put more lawmen in the ground than Alabama put cottonseed"
If you don't imagine some badass saying that then your imagination might be broken. I'd take it in for a check-up. Stat! Especially since the strumming and the drums and everything just after that kicks in almost perfectly to sound like a goddamn thunder clap! Come on! You know you can picture some guy strolling into some town ready to dole out some trouble in the middle of a thunderstorm. Or something just as similar. Admit it, you feel badass just listening to that song. Yeah, you do!
And now for something completely dissimilar! I present to you The Kills with "Kissy Kissy". I think the band has been discussed before on the Odeck in a Person of Interest post. Great band! Seriously, if you like the sound of this song check out the entire album it's from, Keep On Your Mean Side.
Following that from the same album is "Fuck The People", a personal favorite. You want a warning? You got a warning. Stab your back. Hey! Fuck the people!
I present to you "I Hate The Way You Love (Part 2) from the album No Wow. That song has literally one lyric. Repeated over and over, getting louder (along with the music) and continuing on and then fading out. I find it incredibly beautiful and very haunting. I absolutely love that song and can listen to it on repeat for hours on end (and have!).
Jumping to their next album, Midnight Boom, I give you "Cheap and Cheerful". That's just got that gritty Kills sound, in both guitar and lyrics. "I want you to be crazy cause you're boring, baby, when you're straight. I want you to be crazy cause you're stupid, baby, when you're safe." [does little drumroll]
I have a lot of fun listening to everything off that album, you will too cause I'm sure by this point you're intrigued by the band.
And that one right there closing out the album and usually the last song I hear before drifting off into sweet, sweet slumber is "Goodnight Bad Morning". It's so peaceful sounding, even if the lyrics aren't in a way. "Your eyes ready for take off, melt in your head." Been there, done that. Never a fun feeling and a major clash with the very soothing sounding music.
"Satellite" was the first single off the Blood Pressures album and it's a gem of a song. I can't do it any service by attempting to write about it, just listen to it. You'll get what I'm saying.
"The Last Goodbye" is everything amazing about The Kills summed up in one song. Lyrics that evoke so many emotions. Of loss, of love, of regret... [wipes tear from eye] Seriously, this song almost makes me want to cry with its beauty. Not too mention it's sound, it's got an "old timey" (to steal a line from O Brother, Where Art Thou?) sound to it. A sound that can be heard in a few other songs across their various albums. Alison's voice is simply amazing and perfect in this song.
Anyway kids, that's it for me. Just a small sampling of tunes in my personal collection. I hope you've enjoyed listening to them. Feel free to post whatever you're currently listening to or what you're reminded of by either of these two magnificent bands and their delicious sampling of tunes.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to turn off all the lights, put on my Kills playlist and hope I can catch a few zzz's. Although I'm almost certain I won't...