Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Seen the Light

It's funny.

Did you notice in the last decade, rock music has become so self-serious and opposed to fun that it's become a self-parody of a genre that prided itself and goofy Chuck Berry and Little Richard songs. What happened to the fun? It doesn't have to be hedonistic or smirking, either. Sometimes it can just be tongue in cheek or off the wall.

But you don't really get those songs from rock bands any more, do you? The days of Barenaked Ladies is long since passed.

That's why I chose to post this song from Supergrass, a defunct brit-pop band, that was rarely ever serious. This is their enlightened message to super-serious angry rockers out there:




Seen the Light
Music and lyrics by Supergrass


Now that our eyes have seen the light
Well, the world lies twisted and weird
It's like our minds have taken flight
Heady load rises up to the sun

Well, what you do is up to you, 
I tip my hat and push on through 
Well, you can try and understand 
I'm a rock'n'roll singer in a rock'n'roll band 

Now that our eyes have seen the light
The road lies open and clear 
It's like our minds have taken flight 
Like the river runs down to the sea 

Well, what you do is up to you, 
I tip my hat and push on through 
Well, you can try and understand
I'm a rock'n'roll singer in a rock'n'roll band



Pay special attention to the delivery on the last line of the song. He even delivers it like Elvis. There's no message underlying the lyrics, they're just a rock n roll band having fun. They don't have a deep hidden message of the universe that you don't have. The key to getting through bad times is not whining endlessly, but pushing on through. They didn't need to write seven albums of angsty songs to get to that message either. That's what pop songs were made to be like, weren't they?

Anyway, enjoy. It's a fun song.


For a bonus, one of my favorite Brit-pop songs:



Melodies Haunt You
Music and lyrics by Dodgy


I need to open up my eyes 
to see what's in there deep inside 
I got to find out for myself 
cause there is no one, there's no one else

I'd wait for a thousand years 
to see what you would do 
I ain't got a thousand years 
so what you gonna do?

I need to venture out much more 
to get much closer, the need is pure 
I won't regret a moment from this day 
the key of life is calling out to stay

I'd wait for a thousand years 
to see what you would do 
I ain't got a thousand years 
now what you gonna do?

I can't find out why 
The way you're treating me you'll die

Those melodies haunt you, they make no sound 
Those melodies haunt you when there's no one around 
Those melodies haunt you, they make no sound

I can't find out why 
The way you're treating me you'll die 
Cause it's a sorry affair 
but you don't really care 
You don't even try

Those melodies haunt you, they make no sound 
Those melodies haunt you when there's no one around 
Those melodies haunt you, they make no sound 

Those melodies they haunt you now
Those melodies they haunt you how
Those melodies they haunt you now

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