Thursday, April 5, 2007

More Thoughts on Songs I Heard On the Radio Today

"Small Town", John Mellencamp: I take issue with the line "I can be myself living in a small town, where people let me be just what I want to be." Perhaps Seymour is more enlightened and laid back than most small towns in Indiana, but my experience has been quite the opposite. People do not let you be just who you want to be if you want to be somewhat quirky. If you want to be a constantly conforming tool, however, then I guess you're in the right place.

"Uptown Girl", Billy Joel: Somehow, I just don't buy into the notion that Billy Joel was ever keeping it real in the ghetto, (...in the ghet-TO!), unable to draw the attention of the pretentious, pampered girl from uptown. I find it much more likely that Billy Joel was a smarmy, upwardly mobile yuppie in his youth, probably oozing disdain for everyone around him. In fact, I'm almost positive. Just listen to "Piano Man" with its thesis of "I'm better than all you losers, so I'm getting out of here."

"Cruel To Be Kind", Nick Lowe: It's a good thing I don't hear this song frequently enough to know the words to it, because if I did I would probably quote it multiple times a day and get considerably more weird looks from my coworkers. Also, this, along with the Bay City Rollers post a couple spots down, shows that I may have a strange weakness for short, snappy, pop songs, which I think might be a dying art form. See also "The Letter" by The Box Tops, "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles, and "There She Goes" by The La's.

2 comments:

Annie's Mama said...

I must give you my two cents on "Small Town" -- Mellencamp is a freakin' sellout tool! I saw him in concert with Fogerty a couple of years ago and to pretend to be a down to earth hillbilly from Indiana pisses.me.off (have you seen his house on Lake Monroe?!?).

One of my favorite hobbies in high school was to go to these wonderful small towns (smaller than the 'field) and watching people stare and making small children cry. Ahhhh, those were the days.

Andy said...

Yeah, my hatred of John Mellencamp grows stronger every day. I think I'm down to "I Need A Lover" and nothing else on the list of Mellencamp songs I like.

Nothing on my allusion to Elvis in the second paragraph? I put that in especially because I thought you would enjoy it.

And I'm not remotely surprised to find out that frightening small children was your favorite hobby at one point in time.