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Lyrics for “Roi” and “Do You Love Me Now?” from the album booklet for ‘Last Splash’ by The Breeders (1993)
MY FRIENDS AND THEIR AESTHETICS SERIES :
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Eddie Vedder Sexy Notes
A collection beautiful/sexy notes, moans, groans and raspy yells that I just find very pleasing 🤤
Did you know that Layne Staley’s last recorded words to another person before his death were “Not like this, don’t leave like this.”? I think about that a lot for some reason. Love yourself, be kind to yourself, get help when you need it. 💗
Gun’s and Roses - Sweet child of mine
Tuesday, October 20: Fifth Reason, “My Friend”
The members of Fifth Reason were previously in groups like Memento Mori, Abstrakt Algebra and Tad Morose, and tracks like “My Friend” reflected their collective experience since it was a blocky, crunchy and slightly technical ‘90s Swedish metal pounder. This didn’t have the death metal fury of At the Gates (from whence drummer Martin Larsson came), but the mix of doom and prog recalled Tad Morose and Memento Mori, with Kristian Andren’s growl naturally reminiscent of his work on the first couple Tad Morose records. In its way, “My Friend” was a microcosm of most of the different strands of metal percolating throughout Sweden and northern Europe at the time- not quite the “psychotic metal” Fifth Reason claimed to play, but certainly both more focused in its aggression than what was coming out of America and the UK at the time.
The only Christmas Carol I’ll be listening to this year 👑
Deftones vs. Radiohead
“Creep” is one those songs that seemed to cut to the core of everyone on both sides of the pond who was coming of age in the mid 90’s, and of course in the time since it has gone on to mean the same thing to many generations young and old.
It’s always made me sick to my stomach whenever people associate Deftones, along with Incubus and System of a Down, with Nu-Metal when instead of doubling down and leaning into the frey at the height of that genre’s popularity - the Deftones chose instead to instead put out a beautiful, sophosticated, cerebral album like White Pony.
With songs like “Teenager” they showed they were unafraid of taking chances and sounding more like what would come out a couple years down the road on Radiohead’s Kid A than anything on Hard Rock Radio formats circa Y2k.
“Sextape” is another one was those songs that you hace come to expect from them so far as it defies what you would expect from the sorts of bands they have been associated with. And while people may not think or speak of bands like Radiohead and Deftones in the same breath, it’s no surprise how seamless and beautiful these two songs that shouldn’t mesh at all on paper sound together - in a haunting sort of way. It’s not perfect, it’s raw, but has character and is very well done all things considered and worth listening to.
𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒉𝒂𝒎 𝒐𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒏 💕
I know I definitely quoted this song in the past, but maybe it wasn’t this same line. Whatever. It’s a sweet song.
Monday, October 19: Testament, “The Sermon”
The Ritual quickly became the most polarizing album of Testament’s on account of its seemingly forsaking thrash in favor of meat-and-potatoes heavy metal. However, what the band lost in speed they more than gained in precision and power: Tony Platt’s gleaming production and the meatiness of the riffing gave tracks like “The Sermon” a heft that hadn’t been heard from the band up to that point (if we’re being honest, as great as Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson were as players, their writing wasn’t nearly as sticky on The New Order or even Practice What You Preach, and Alex Perialis’ production on both was incredibly thin). And Chuck Billy arguably never sounded better, bellowing with authenticity and force while also sounding more accessible than ever. Credit also to Del James, who co-wrote the lyrics to “The Sermon” along with a good chunk of The Ritual, and helped Billy focus his words on real life, and though there was more than a little conspiracy theorizing, there was also a kernel of truth. Most of all, the song kicked ass with a musical vigor and venom that pointed a way forward for Testament, although that path wouldn’t become fully clear for another couple decades.
third choice track from the gift that keeps on giving. out of all of the artists that appeared on this compilation, white flag is probably the band that took the most liberties with their chosen song, ‘wuthering heights’, originally performed by the irreplaceable kate bush. i personally have complex feelings about their changes - they attempted to 90s it up by throwing the iconic opening, tempo, and generally the melody out and replacing them anew. yes, they put a brand new hook of their own in a cover of a hit song.
so, hm, taking a mid-tempo, classically influenced ballad and pop-punking it out? that’s fine, but what really keeps me hanging here are the clever chord changes that i believe were mostly present in the original, but now jump out due to the tempo change. if you like being held out in suspense while listening to a song, then i’d say you might be able to appreciate this interpretation just as much as kate’s own.