August 24, 2004



John Shaw gives two examples of the rock lyric gone right, both of which make us say hell yeah and yee-haw. And yes—early R.E.M. is a meme for boggy cop-outs, no matter how much I like early R.E.M. Was that the first time lyrics were incomprehensible, repeatedly? It felt that way, but there must have been someone before that. Not an occasional mumbler, or an instance of excessive surrealism, but someone with a full-on commitment to concealment. Troggs? Early Beefheart? Screamin' Jay Hawkins? Those are just hungover guesses. I assume if we put the records on the words would be clear. Anyway. Sheryl Crow, fucking A, and here's some rock to start your day.

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