Friday, May 7, 2010

Rocking For The Weekend: Soul Asylum

It's Friday again already. Yet at the same time, this week has constantly reminded me of W.C. Fields' famous (if unstubstantiated) quote regarding my hometown. "Philadelphia, wonderful town. I spent a week there one night." This week cannot end soon enough.

To help us all get there just a little quicker, here is Soul Asylum's "Somebody To Shove". I heard lead singer Dave Pirner guesting on another song this week and immediately had the urge to listen to this song again. For the youngsters out there, Soul Asylum was one of the endless parade of 90s bands that were vaguely influenced by grunge but mostly just made forgettable guitar rock. You may (or more likely may not) remember such examples as the Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra, Collective Soul and Counting Crows.1

Anyway, much like a thousand monkeys banging away at a thousand typewriters will eventually write "Hamlet", I firmly believe every band that achieves a modicum of success has at least one truly great song.2 And this is Soul Asylum's truly great song. I think it's about inertia and sometimes needing a kick in the ass to jolt you out of apathy. But I have been known to get song meanings completely wrong. Mostly I just like it because it rocks. Enjoy!

1. I know that Counting Crows don't exactly fit this category. But I can't resist any opportunity to take a shot at them for sucking so hard.

2. Yes, even Counting Crows. See "Mr. Jones".

4 metawords:

red said...

Shut up! I like Counting Crows!

words...words...words... said...

Red: You have excellent musical taste. Mostly. I can't wait to see what kind of exotic curse words I've never even heard of that BeckEye will come in here and hurl at me.

Gwen said...

Earlier this week you said that I disgust you so I'd be happy to shove you.

Free shoves for all my friends!

BeckEye said...

I like Soul Asylum. And Better Than Ezra, Collective Soul and Counting Crows. Especially Better Than Ezra. And I'd guess that in 20 years, people will still be singing songs like "Runaway Train" and "Mr. Jones," while having completely forgotten who The Hold Steady were.

Also, I won't curse you out, but the indie kids who followed Soul Asylum while they were a favorite college band in the mid-'80s probably would.