Video: X – “Goodbye Year, Goodbye”
Directed by Keith Ross. From Alphabetland, out now on Fat Possum.
How great is it that original L.A. punks X are still at it?
John Doe told Apple Music, “That was the last song we worked on. I took the lead, and Exene did some editing and additional lyrics. The music is just straight-up punk rock, because I thought the record needed a good old-fashioned punk rock song. Originally, it sounded too much like [1980’s] ‘Your Phone’s Off the Hook,’ so we added a few different things. I was inspired by reading the book Midnight Cowboy. Exene gave it to me for my birthday, and the lyric ‘Brother and sister pretend to be lovers’ is from a moment in the book where Joe Buck goes to an Andy Warhol-type party. The first verse, ‘Beats keep beating my brains in,’ means there’s just too much going on. Everybody is so overscheduled, and there’s so much noise.”
I think we’re all looking forward to saying goodbye to this year. Good riddance.
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Video: Skating Polly – “Queen For A Day” ft. Exene Cervenka
Directed by Dave Smith. From The Make It All Show, out May 4 on El Camino.
This is the band that worked with Nina Gordon and Louise Post from Veruca Salt on their New Trick EP last year. For this new song, they’re working with Exene Cervenka of X.
Kelli Mayo told NPR, “The lyrics for this song came from a conversation we had backstage with Exene about the old game show Queen for a Day. The premise of the show was that women with tragic stories (sick children, dead husbands, poverty, etc) would compete against each other for applause from the audience. The winner would get a washing machine or whatever household prize they asked for and be crowned Queen for a Day. Months after this conversation Exene sent me lyrics in a text and we wrote the song around them. She’s singing on the second and third choruses too. We wanted the video to emulate the old show, but also look like it was directed by John Waters.”
Mission accomplished, I guess, although the drummer looks like he should be in Cheap Trick in the 80s instead of whatever mid-60s vibe the girls are shooting for. But whatever. Who cares? The song rocks.
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