Sunday, 11 April 2010

30 Days of Music: #020

day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry

And the bottom has, inevitably, started to fall out of British summer, making today an even more perfect Kenickie day than yesterday...

Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

It should be pointed out that I don't really listen to music as an anger-reliever or -enhancer. This is largely because I'm not very good at getting angry, certainly not for an extended period of time. Put it down to a testosterone deficiency or whatever.

However, the stuff I do like that would usually be considered 'angry' (Rage Against Machine, Gallows, most good hip-hop) is used for having a good time with. I nearly slipped Orchestra of Wolves into yesterday's position for making this point.

Even WABWAD doesn't make me angry, per se, but I can't help, no doubt to the bemusements of other pedestrians, but shout along:

"I cannot emphasise enough that my body
Is a badly designed, poorly put together vessel
Harbouring these diminishing, so called vital organs

HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST
I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST"

This loses some of its power written down (like almost all LC! lyrics, for reasons we'll get into/have gotten into another time) but those capitals are well earned. These sorts of carve-them-into-your-arm bits are dotted across the song ("We kid ourselves there's future in the hugging/But there is no hugging future"*) and it's easy to see how, if I ever actually learn to get angry, they might come in useful.

*Why does almost every choice I make try its hardest to contravene the site's (arbitrary, but fun) family-friendly rules? Naughty, naughty. As my mom once bemoaned... those rockstars, they like the f-word, don't they?

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