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Let's go away for a while

Strange morning. I woke up around 5 feeling like a salt lick. Had a dire thirst and set about quenching it, but now I'm seemingly up for good. Gotta work in a few hours. Hey! What's your favorite song off Weezer's Blue Album? I was thinking about that, laying watching the shadows pass on the ceiling. I first heard the Blue Album right about when it came out, which puts me around 9 years old. Somehow it's managed to sidestep the fate of Green Day, No Doubt, and so many other bands of the time that are just ill-formed hunks of juvenilia to me now. Something about it just holds true, even 14 years later.

How to pick a favorite? Go with the hits, like "Say It Ain't So"? Or the B-Sides, like "In the Garage"? How about the navel gaze mope-out that closes the album, "Only In Dreams"? Or the sad-sack highschooler entry, "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"? All good choices, I wouldn't fault you, but I've got to go with "Holiday" on this one. It's definitely the most left-field song on the album, but it's also a mini-epic. It's got that chant-along chorus, and the super-dorky finger snap breakdown that threatens to destroy any feeble sense of cool the rest of the album created. If you've heard Weezer's last few albums, you know it's just a colossal failure when they try to act cool. "Holiday" is typical pop music, nothing real special about the lyrics, but it just rocks so well, those guitar hooks! Damn. It's up there with "Tonight" by the Raspberries, chillin' in power-pop Valhalla.

You've heard the song, right? Oh? You haven't? You deprived child. Here you go. Don't spend it all in one place:

http://www (dot) mediafire.com/download.php?mzh2qnaqyz3

Let me know what your favorite is and they can go head to head in an all-out battle of rocktopus tentacles and flaming licks. Okay, I'm through with this jackoff shoeshine tip. Gotta try to get some sleep out of this last hour before I have to head out.


As always, if you like what you hear, go out and buy the album. On Vinyl.


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Oct. 5th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
You nailed it. Steve and I have been garnering bewildered looks at red lights for going on 10 years with two-part harmony breakdown sing-alongs to this very track. The forced Kerouac rhyme also adds some nice bravado.

I'm glad to hear news of your still being alive. It's been far too long.
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