Stuff I’ve been listening to this week includes:
The Ides Of March — “Life Has Been So Good To Us”. Not the famous one-hit Chicago-based band that did “Vehicle”, this was a snotty teen combo from Essexville, Michigan. I love the earnestness here, and the fact that the band pretty much trainwrecks the start of the second chorus (around 1:55 in), but just keeps going. This fulfills the garage rock motto: “Second takes are for sissies.” Frontman Tim Ward released one album a few years later under the name “Timmothy.”
The Len Price 3 — “Rentacrowd”. This is one of the Spawn’s favorite songs, and a frequent feature on drives to and from school. They hardly bother to file the serial numbers off the Who’s “Substitute”, but that’s part of the charm. These guys don’t just wear their influences on their sleeves; the drummer even looks a bit like Moonie. And no one in the band is named Len Price.
Pearls Before Swine — “Surrealist Waltz”. The final track on their first album, One Nation Underground, this song resonates with me like snatches of Richard Eberhart’s poetry, as wondrously fragile as a glass carousel. Strange, and I think beautiful.