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Tuesday, 05 August
Temporarily The Best Thing Ever

Sure signs that you've gotten snared by a song that isn't going to let you go for a while:

1. You take a bus half a mile out of your way to get the CD, which was released today--you were careful to note--going all the way up to 15th because your stupid neighborhood is rapidly going all to hell, and consequently, where before there were no less than five (5) music stores, there is now one (1), and it's tiny and mostly used stuff, and also because Fred Meyer doesn't count, because they sell only crap. I know that half a mile is not a long way to go, even just to walk, much less take a bus, but you have to realize how phenomenally lazy I really am. Sometimes I let my mail sit for months, waiting for natural entropic forces to open it for me.

2. In the interceding MONTH since you first heard the song on the radio and its accompanying CD release--a month? Jesus, don't release the song that far ahead!--you emailed your local radio station no less than three times with requests for the song, taking care each time to make sure it wasn't the same DJ over and over, because, you know, you don't want to come off creepy and obsessive to someone you don't know and will never meet. It's better to post on your weblog how creepy and obsessive you are, so your tens of readers can see instead.

3. Get home with CD and immediately begin torturing yourself with the sweet anticipation of hearing the song. Do not play it immediately, and in fact wait for your long-suffering wife to ask, "So did you get your CD today?" She knows about this because you have been talking about this song for the last month in the tones of a junkie who heard of a new amusement park called Smackland opening soon. Delay. Don't be sensible and race to the stereo. Put away the groceries. Pick lint off your feet (yeah, like you don't get foot lint). Idly wonder which is funnier, a meerkat or an echidna? Meanwhile, pretend you're not fiddling with the CD like a chittering ninny.

4. Finally, put in the CD. Turn it up loud and play it, casting furtive glances at the wife, because it's important that she like the song as much as you. In fact, you realize that it is really, really important that everyone, all your friends must like this song as much as you do. This is the most important song in the universe until you get sick of it, which you sadly know in your small thoughts you eventually will, but for right now, everyone must love this song. Try not to be too crushed when they are not.

5. And when the wife has gone off to rehearsals, play the song over and over and over. You will want to air guitar and air drum and mock-sing and do your upsettingly bad little rock-dancing routine along with it. Do so. Find yourself not caring much when you notice that you are visible to people on the sidewalk.

6. Finally stop playing it. Not that you're tired of it--hell no! But you're starting to feel a little guilty and plus, you don't want to wear the thing out all at one go. You're going to savor this for as long as you can. You never know when you're going to get caught, trapped by a song that you've fallen in love with, so you have to stretch out the arc of the affair for as long as possible. And the best part is, even when (you know the time will come, admit it, even though right now it seems just possible that this song will be different, and you will always love it THIS MUCH, you know you really won't) you fall out of love with it, and it joins the rest of your collection, you will one day find it again, or it'll find you, and it'll be like a warm visit and an exchange of pleasant memories with an old friend. Human ex-lovers don't behave that way, but this song will, and someday you can share a drink with it and say, "I remember when I loved you, wasn't it great? I mean, you're still wonderful, but back then, God, it was love." And the song will say back, "That was great! All the same, it's nice to see you again. Now hush, and listen: " Just like that.

I'm no tease, folks. It's a song called "Carried" by some bunch of Brit kids named Steadman. And for at least the next week, it's the most important song in the world.


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Comments

That exact thing happend to me with a song by Puff Daddy (of all people) from the Godzilla soundtrack (of all soundtracks) called 'Come With Me'.

I never actually saw the movie Godzilla, but for some reason I liked the song but I doubt I will ever have a meeting with it to discuss pleasent memories.

Comment number: 001297   Posted by: pretty_paranoia on August 5, 2003 10:29 PM from IP: 203.30.34.215

We all know it's really about Beyonce's "Crazy In Love", dude. It's okay.

And, uhh... sounds to me like you should've been doing some file-stealing a few weeks ago. If you intended to buy it, why not be able to listen until it's in stores?

Comment number: 001298   Posted by: Anil on August 5, 2003 10:30 PM from IP: 68.173.31.17

Hell — Skot's got me so curiuos that I'm going to do some file-stealing now (over a 56k connection at work!), though I know nothing else about the group or the song. Me? I get excited when the Indigo Girls release a new album...

Comment number: 001300   Posted by: J.D. on August 6, 2003 08:29 AM from IP: 12.111.172.192

An echidna.

Comment number: 001301   Posted by: Matt Hall on August 6, 2003 09:28 AM from IP: 68.84.88.39

Or what else is great is when you discover a band that very few people are aware of and who are actually really good.
That smug grin you have while sitting in traffic knowing your are listening to superior music... haha. And then you get to decide who let in on your little secret.
But then of course the one friend who listens to Matchbox 20 comes up tells you about this great band they bumped into... and then you realize the whole thing's kinda silly.
Anyway, I guess I'll share... right now it's U.N.K.L.E

Comment number: 001302   Posted by: Nurhan on August 6, 2003 09:58 AM from IP: 68.106.8.147

You know, I felt the same way about Come On Eileen, Skot.

Comment number: 001303   Posted by: Durundal on August 6, 2003 10:18 AM from IP: 128.95.205.234

Great. Thanks...I JUST got that song out of my head!!

Comment number: 001304   Posted by: April on August 6, 2003 10:21 AM from IP: 167.159.1.2

You'll need realplayer:
http://www.steadman.co.uk/metafiles/carried.ram

Comment number: 001305   Posted by: Jason on August 6, 2003 11:23 AM from IP: 206.16.5.38

Just yesterday I played my poorly copied mp3 of Beyonce's Crazy in Love about as loud as my stereo could go.
Thankyouverymuch.
That's probably not too funny to those of you who don't know me.

Comment number: 001306   Posted by: dayment on August 6, 2003 12:01 PM from IP: 66.167.53.14

Sonic Boom is dandy and all - but you should check out the new place down by Jack in the Box, too - it's ginormous.

And don't forget Wall of Sound, which may well be tiny.

An echidna, no question. And now I have "Come on Eileen" stuck in my head. I'll have to dig out the old Stiff Sampler.

Comment number: 001307   Posted by: mike whybark on August 6, 2003 03:55 PM from IP: 216.173.212.234

Sonic Boom is dandy and all - but you should check out the new place down by Jack in the Box, too - it's ginormous.

Jesus Christ. There's a new music place down there?

Well, I guess I'll be checking that out.

Comment number: 001308   Posted by: Skot on August 6, 2003 03:57 PM from IP: 140.107.120.123

Is the rest of the CD any good? I hate it when they only have ONE good song on it and the rest sounds like they're singing in a can.

Comment number: 001312   Posted by: Stacey on August 7, 2003 12:08 PM from IP: 129.106.21.180

You're all mad; it's a meerkat. They always look like they're using a little urinal.

Comment number: 001313   Posted by: Ultracity on August 7, 2003 12:26 PM from IP: 66.235.27.109

Is the rest of the CD any good?

I am liking it quite a bit, but that song isn't really representative of the rest of it, which is really just some nice Britpop; "Carried" is easily the moodiest and most atmospheric.

Comment number: 001314   Posted by: Skot on August 7, 2003 01:10 PM from IP: 140.107.120.123

Lawsy, how I remember getting that 45 of Joan Jett singing "Do You Wanna Touch" and listening to it on my record player, what, 30 times in one sitting? It still warms my fuzzies to remember it.

Comment number: 001315   Posted by: Annie Oakley on August 7, 2003 03:49 PM from IP: 64.81.28.235

That's a fantastic song, thanks! You can listen to it and think about it, or rock out with it, or do the work/background thing with it, or whatever. The best songs are multipurpose, aren't they?

Strangely, the song in my head the last few days has been "Headache" by Frank Black.

Comment number: 001318   Posted by: Day on August 8, 2003 03:42 PM from IP: 207.232.106.161

thanks for reminding me that that record came out last week.

and i totally get what you mean about songs that burrow deep into your consciousness and don't let go. why, just this week i've had a heckuva time getting junior senior's "move your feet" out of my head, and earlier in the year it was rainer maria's "ears ring". i really ought to keep track of these songs so that at the end of the year i can make a "best-of" compilation. hm!

Comment number: 001335   Posted by: michael on August 12, 2003 11:18 AM from IP: 64.60.193.51

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