January 2009


Today’s FGF is a double-header, okay? First up is Paramore’s “crushcrushcrush,” which I’ve been rockin on the iPod all week after I broke down and gave Apple $10 for the album (damn you CD stores in the ‘boro for being out on the day I go to get it!). Paramore is an innocent-pleasure for me and always makes me happy when I hear their songs. In case you live in a cave–and it can’t be the Batcave, cause that’s where I am–Paramore hails from Franklin…I remember seeing a write-up about them in the Rage (blech) or the Scene and thinking, Oh it’s just another Be Your Own Pet thing and I don’t like the Pet. But I was wrong…about Paramore, not Pet. Anyways, this whole album “Riot!” gives me one of my few good memories of working at Shoe Hell:¬† a one-hour drive by myself with the tunes cranked during the relative cool of a June morning, passing by some beautiful scenery on I-24 headed to Tullahoma. Ah, I don’t miss the drive or that rough job but road trips & good tunes are always awesome.

The second video is The Presidents of the United States of America’s “Peaches.” My boyfriend has really gotten me into the Presidents and for some reason I always have “Kitty” stuck in my head….[it’s no wonder, since i do have a kitty that likes to stay underfoot and we always yell ‘kitty at my foot and i wanna touch it!’ at her]. Tonight was no exception; as I was trying to find a video for this post I was singing “Kitty” in my head. My boyfriend, out of nowhere, says “why not ‘Peaches?’ that always makes me feel good. millions of peaches peaches for me millions of peaches peaches for free.” so that is how this one came about. And how can you not enjoy saying “peaches come in a can, they were put there by a man, in a factory…dowwwnnntown.” Enjoy and think warm thoughts on this cold January morning!

Courtesy of my boyfriend, I bring you a song that is “not only the “greatest anti-drug song ever written, it is also a personal statement about how the band has grown up, shucked off their bad-boy image and learned to become more adult.”* That’s right, I’m bringin’ you the News…. Huey Lewis and the News. And as if that wasn’t enough here is the image I see in my head every time I hear this song:

The reason this song makes me feel good is because I just [it’s Thursday night as I write this]¬†laughed my ass off at my boyfriend reading aloud the above passage from Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho.” I honestly thought he was reading from my copy of Lester Bangs ‘Psychotic Reactions & Carbeurator Dung,” but no. I forgot he is reading “American Psycho” (yes I have read it) so when he started asking me if I wanted to hear “Back in Time,” I retaliated with “I Want a New Drug.”

Which I know a bunch of the lyrics to. And I remember watching the video back when MTV showed videos. I was really little, but I remember.

So, for your amusement or ultimate horror, here is today’s Feel Good Friday– Huey Lewis & the News’ “I Want a New Drug.”

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