It’s been a while. Time for another liquid burner and chaser.
First up…Filter. Formed in 1995. Not really big fans. However, the first album, Short Bus, has an aggressive song that will be today’s eye-melter. The reason we like this song is that it reminds us of an angry day when we were driving too fast down the freeway with no particular reason for doing so. “Hey man, nice shot” came on the radio and we belted out an off-key accompaniment until the fire burned itself out and then it was sort of mellow for the rest of the drive to our destination. Lesson learned? Nothing — until we read up on the song. Apparently, it’s about the high-profile, on-air suicide of a political official several years ago. And here we had thought all these years it was about a pickup basketball game. We also learned that driving down the freeway too fast is illegal and dangerous. Buckle up and settle down, kids. [And for our recent readers from India … stay in your damn lanes. “Line driving is fine driving, but lane driving is sane driving.” Line driving makes a commute more interesting but ya’ll are nuts.] This public service announcement was brought to you by the letter Beta.
Like Filter, our interest in Genesis is spotty. Yes, yes, yes! We know. Genesis is high brow. Truly intellectual pop culturalists appreciate the progressive sounds and subtle nuances of sublime resonance and the waves of aesthetically pleasing sounds and sociological expression and whatever. Got it. Still don’t care for the music much, with or with Peter Gabriel (although we really like “Shock the Monkey”, Pete). We do have to say that Phil’s first solo venture is in our short list of favorites. Pretty much the whole album pleases us.
Genesis is just one of those bands we try to like but just can’t muster the energy to do so. Nonetheless, we respect the artistry. Sort of. But this song is just so damn warm and cool, and even-breathing and breath-catching all at once. Don’t over think it. Enjoy.