Five Songs, 4/1/2021
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Five Songs, 4/1/2021

Leatherface, "Mush"

Well, we're back at Leatherface, and I once again confront my opinion that this basically sounds just like late 80s/early 90s southern California punk, except for the vocals. And I'm not wild about the vocals. We need to get Dave Smalley involved here!

Jesus Jones, "Right Here, Right Now"

I think it's easy to be cynical about overnight successes and huge pop hits, especially when your taste sort of runs towards the less popular end of the pool. If you're not really that much of a fan of popular genres, the simplest take is to just assume that popular songs are all pandering garbage, made by bloodless producers milking the latest fad for all its worth. And sure, there's plenty of pre-fab trash that gets popular, but that cynical take is really a dead end. Who cares? Where does that cynicism lead you? If you don't like pop music, you can just ignore it, but that's true of any genre. The popularity or otherwise of a song does nothing to change its artistic merits, and the only question worth evaluating is what a song does for you or those around you.

All of which is the long way around to say that Jesus Jones exploded on the scene and then a bunch of underground dorks looked down their noses at them. But this song is a legit jam, and those people were dumb. (I was one of them, off-and-on.)

The Police, "Bring On The Night"

This might be my favorite song on Reggatta de Blanc. I love the change going into the chorus, it's just a delightful bit.

9353, "Ghost"

Another cut from this long-forgotten record, which continues to present some odd tunes. There's a fair bit of Devo DNA in this, which isn't a bad thing at all.

Frederick Knight, "I Betcha Didn't Know That"

This is a single from late in the Stax run, 1975, the final year of Stax as a going concern. Some real Al Green vibes off of this tune.

Joshua Buergel
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