I was utterly smitten with this track when I heard it in the film Jesus’ Son. It’s a gorgeously sentimental Philly soul-pop number with Ms Mason cooing sheepishly to her lover that she, “doesn’t even know how to kiss [his] lips… in a moment like this”, before a choir from an ancient realm of heaven peer over the scene and ask if she’s ready to learn, and she says yes she is, she’s ready, she’s ready to, “FALL IN LOVE WITH… [him]…”, and how the strings swoop and soar! For good or bad, songs will never sound like this again.
Up fer listening to some snotty American teens brag about how utterly monged they all are?!... Lord, just writing that there sentence makes me want to clutch my head and groan… “well exactly, so how does no strike you?” Fair, it strikes me as fair. But hear me out. You see, these drug-addled Wailers set their braggings against a backdrop of the crankiest, mankiest rock’n’roll the wrong side of the Sonics. “Is that the tape disintegrating?”, “Do I hear the wallpaper of heaven being torn down?” No, you don’t, that’s the music. “And is that the ‘Satisfaction’ riff honk-honking like an ocean liner in a storm?” Aye yes captain, like the truest garage rockers they filch their riffs from the big leaguers (listen to that other meisterwerk ‘Psychotic Reaction’). It’s a genre that favours execution over original ideas, and man the Wailers execute that ‘Satisfaction’ riff alright. Yes, sir, by the end there’s black smoke billowing out like burning plastic. “…And I can hear a…a wicked organ swirling around in the cacophony. It sounds really big, like it was recorded in a church, you know like that Belle & Sebastian track… ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’?” …well, yeah… I suppose…
“Still these lyrics though…? I cannae bear kids, ANYONE, recounting their drunken, drugged, whatever, adventures out on the town. ESPECIALLY when every other word is ‘crazy’. I thought psychedelic drugs were meant to expand your mind?” Well, yeah, I agree, but like when you listen to any other drug-addled teen, your brain just switches them off after a time, “out runnin’ around/seein’ every crazy sight… ma na na na ma na ma ma!” At least until the chorus, when the kids notice you drifting, and jolt your slumbering brain by bellowing in your ear, “HEY! We gotta be… OUT OF OUR TREE!!! OUT OF OUR TREE!”… Yes, yes, it certainly sounds like it.
25 Apr 05 ·n-jeff: I really, really must get this. Just on this recommendation. 06 Oct 05 ·Gnasher: Yeah, this really is great.
I'd think of something more imaginative to say but I just pulled my brain out through my ears and beat myself about the head with it.