Throwback Thursday: TAXMAN! + Jolene

April 16, 2009

rat race

This is the first post in a new series we’re calling “Throwback Thursday.” It’s my reaction to the rat race of music blogs that rush out in an attempt to be the first to post the (awesome) new Yeah Yeah Yeah’s single, or the video of it on SNL. Not saying that someone doesn’t need to be doing it, just that I don’t need to be. So if you’re interested, take the time with me this Thursday to slow it down and look back, but not too far.

It was while getting a haircut a couple of weeks ago, from the same woman who styled my “do” since age 6. No kidding, probably the only person I trust with a scissors. I’m not using this to describe a haircut fetish, but rather to describe the time capsule that this haircut represents.

Every time I go to her house she is listening to the same radio station, which plays the same music today as it did when I was learning what music was in 1995. “Meet Virginia,” “Semi-Charmed Life,” “You Were Meant for Me” and anything Goo Goo Dolls play on repeat. In fairness to myself, my first two music purchases ever were Mellon Collie and Nevermind, but I’m shocked to realize that this 90’s pop music is still around and collecting royalties. Obviously Nirvana and The Pumpkins have music that will endure over time, but who knew knows that this crap is still in your local radio station’s daily playlist?

To honor the non-crap (of at least two years ago) I have two songs:

First, something about tax day. If you’ve seen Stranger Than Fiction you’ll understand the connection.
Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World (1978)


And now, something about raspy voices and dark hair.

The predictable, yet exciting Death Race and,

Jolene, Cake’s finest song ever. Some of my favorite lyrics, and probably the best guitar rhythms by a band you forgot about some point during college.

Cake – Jolene (1994)

Well Jolene unlocked the thick, breezeway door,
Like she’d done one hundred times before.
Jolene smoothed her dark hair in the mirror.
She folded the towel carefully and put it back in place.

Yeah I want to pull you down into bed.
I want to cast your face in lead.
Well every time I pull you close,
Push my face into your hair,
Cream rinse and tobacco smoke,
That sickly scent is always, always there.

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2 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: TAXMAN! + Jolene”

  1. Ke Says:

    Personal things about Geoff? :O
    I’m glad you were able to find someone to trust with your hair. I still have yet to find someone like that, so kudos to you ^_^

    Stranger Than Fiction never really got the love it deserved, from what I can see. Also, Cake has way too many good songs to pick just one favorite song, but this is one of their better songs, definitely. The vocals have such a Mike Doughty feel to them here.

  2. geoff Says:

    I know, this is a first. Usually those things are reserved for myspace and facebooks.


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