BT: The Boss, Codeine, Dramarama, Kermit the Frog
I have not done one of these posts in a long while.
Springsteen’s Nebraska record took almost two decades to grow on me. The recordings are raw, yet perfect. The title/opening track, “Nebraska”, is a first-person narrative of the Starkweather spree killings of the late 1950’s. A few years ago, I found this live version, which in my opinion is, far and away, the best recorded version of this song. Haunting. Chilling. There is only one Boss, and never will he be duplicated.
Moving through the Holland Tunnel over to New York City, there’s a little known band called Codeine. The band name is a perfect indication as to their sound. Codeine perfected, and in a lot of ways, pioneered, a genre rooted in melancholy. I don’t aspire to be sad, but Codeine’s lyrics speak to the listener with a natural, refreshing honesty. They didn’t write the song below, but it’s the first song I heard by the band in my mid-teens. It’s wild that Codeine influenced artists across genres from indie rock to the heaviest of metal. They have two LP’s and an EP available.
At some point shortly before or at the turn of the century, Buckcherry covered Dramarama’s “Anything, Anything”. It’s unfortunate that Buckcherry’s last couple of albums show them deviating from their strengths.
And since I’m truly having a good day today (not that you’d know it by these songs), I’m going to close this out with a song I’ve loved since I was a kid. The Muppets will always hold a special place in my heart. I think it’s time to watch this movie again.