Posted by: Andy | June 12, 2008

two good songs

…that came up yesterday in the car on my mp3 player:

Tegan & Sara – I Hear Noises

Arctic Monkey – Florescent Adolescent

Both of these songs I love, for completely different reasons.

I Hear Noises is really kind of cheesy lyrically, but I think it works really well sonic-ly as part of the whole package and is a great example of T&S having fun with their music and not taking it too seriously (something they got caught up in on the most recent album IMHO).

Lyrics are as follows, roughly:

I am disappointed
Every morning that I wake up
I am disappointed by the feeling
Of waking up next to you
You call me up, let me know that
That my sick guilt is so unwelcome
It’s so unwelcome yeah

I hear noises in the darkness
I hear sadness in your voice
I hear noises in the darkness
I hear sadness inside you

My health is failing me
So I flip on the television
And watch sad movies
And look for sad sick people like me
Call me up, and let me know that
That my sick guilt is so unwelcome
I’m so unwelcome
I’m so unwelcome

I hear noises in the darkness
I hear sadness in your voice
I hear noises in the darkness
I hear sadness inside you

We could go
(We could go)
We could go through the front door
(Through the front door)
We could go
(We could go)
We go in through the front door
(Through the front door)
We could go
(We could go)
We go in through the front door
(Through the front door)
We could go
(We could go)
I come in through the front door
Through the front door
And the pills they will not
Will not
Will not
Will not let me go
And I will not
Will not
Will not let you drink yourself alone
Call me up and let me know that
That my sick guilt is so unwelcome
You’re so unwelcome
You’re so unwelcome

I hear noises in the darkness
I hear sadness in your voice
I hear noises in the darkness
I hear sadness inside you
I hear noises in the darkness
I hear sadness inside you
I hear sadness inside you

Pretty cheesy right (even if it is addressing a serious emotional state)? Well, take a listen (to the link above). I think the whole song works and work quite well. I love that 3rd line and the s-hiss on the first “sick”.

Florescent Adolescent, on the other hand, has much “wittier” lyrics that snap with cynicism and bitterness. It’s a bit repetitive tempo-wise, but lots of fun. I love the regular jumbly-rhyme of the lyrics thrown over the lurching gait of the drums & lead line.

You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your night dress
Discarded all the naughty nights for niceness
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything’s in order in a black hole
Nothing seems as pretty as the past though
That Bloody Mary’s lacking in Tabasco
Remember when you used to be a rascal?

Oh the boy’s a slag
The best you ever had
The best you ever had
Is just a memory and those dreams
Weren’t as daft as they seem
Not as daft as they seem
My love when you dream them up…

Flicking through a little book of sex tips
Remember when the boys were all electric?
Now when she’s told she’s gonna get it
I’m guessing that she’d rather just forget it
Clinging to not getting sentimental
Said she wasn’t going but she went still
Likes her gentlemen not to be gentle
Was it a mecca dobber or a betting pencil?

Oh the boy’s a slag
The best you ever had
The best you ever had
Is just a memory and those dreams
Weren’t as daft as they seem
Not as daft as they seem
My love when you dream them up
Oh, so where did you go?
Where did you go?
Where did you go? Woah.

Falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
You’re just sounding it out
You’re not coming back again.

Falling about
You took a left off Last Laugh Lane
You’re just sounding it out
You’re not coming back again.

You used to get it in your fishnets
Now you only get it in your night dress
Discarded all the naughty nights with niceness
Landed in a very common crisis
Everything’s in order in a black hole
Is anything as pretty as the past though?
That Bloody Mary’s lacking in tabasco
Remember when you used to be a rascal?

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