Hey you know how people are always saying a song influenced such and such genre of music? Ok, well this song didn't influence rap or at least bling rap - wouldn't it have been great for there not to have been a bling era in rap too? Grotesque celebrations of wealth preaching lies to the converted eager to believe them?
Because then you'd have an artist challenge his audience like this - it's an anti-war song too dammit - and he doesn't forget the poor, oppressed, and those without faith.
One of the better American "mainstream" bands of the 70s (that's not associated with Punk), Cheap Tricks first 3 albums hinted at a mix between pop and big Rock in genuinely smart, fun and funny ways. One of their best songs and loud too.
February 27, 2017 at 12:06 : distain (pupdurcs) posted on Gold Derby:
In September 1991 an alternative Rock album came out of nowhere that single-handedly changed Rock music forever...........and I do not mean Nirvana's Nevermind.
I mean rather an album by a band that explicitly disliked "heavy" bands (like Nirvana) - that was just heavy metal to them - but they adored the early Ramones. Screeching Weasel's "My Brain Hurts", which like Nevermind, inspired a billion awful imitators upon release, and unlike Nevermind explicitly sounded like teenagers were making it.
Here is the band performing live in a house for a radio performance at this exact time - lead mastermind Ben Weasel can't go the 1 and 1/2 minute duration of this song without smoking (hilariously), slips in the Ramones 1-2-3-4 (twice), and the song itself overtly and (in bad taste) rather cruelly mocks heroin abuse and the addict herself but also has a weird unflinching sympathy too - just like a teenager would actually write and sing about it.
Like Nevermind.......the creators of this great album would never come close to matching this peak again either.
Mostly wonderful feminist band Tacocat - while annoyingly condescending to the middle class office workers here, how indie! - wrote one of my favorite lines in this scathing and mostly funny put-down of yuppies who invade the city where they live on weekends and f*ck it up by having (horror!) fun and drinking beer and not cleaning up after themselves (rude!).
"Work hard, play hard, business elite" ...........Pretty clever ladies.....