He couldn’t leave the flock—he couldn’t leave.
Always hugging the ground
And crying out for me
Here are the Breeders at their stripped-down finest. Although I love the entire Safari EP, the single, “Safari,” has both an infectious hook and a compelling lyric—and the song itself leaves a little taste of danger in the mouth. (Incidentally, “Safari” is one of the few songs in the Courtenay Bluebird Songbook that I will sing out loud, no matter who is around.)
The first Breeders album I bought happened to be their first full-length album, Pod*, which I purchased solely on the fact that the group had an (almost) all-girl lineup doing a version of The Beatles’ perfectly disturbing song, “Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” which is another all-time fave song of mine.
“Happiness” is written in both a minor and a major key, which very nearly roughs up your nerves a little bit (like all good rock and roll should). And the lyric is totally a Dadaist cut-up poem gone berzerk. If anything the Breeders’ take on this classic Beatles’ b-side is even more disturbing, so, of course, I love it to death.
I hope this great hard-driving little song finds you in good health and good humor today! Up later, a brand new post! See you in a little while!
*Although I posted a link to Amazon for Breeders’ Pod CD, I highly recommend you shop around because $27 is a ridiculous amount to pay for a normal-length album on disc. The download of Pod is a lot more reasonable at $9ish and some change. At this writing, the Pod LP is $22.85 (American), which is standard for vinyl.
These days, LPs are my preferred recording version because LPs do not chop off the top and the bottom of a musical recording the way digital recording does. You’re paying for the full sound, and you get the full sound. Perfect, eh?