A lot of people will bust my balls for loving this song. You know, you can all go to hell. The Cranberries are one of the most underrated bands of the 1990s, and this hit was, in my opinion, their masterpiece.
Everyone knows the words, whether they want to or not. Everyone knows the melodies, whether they want to or not! That says a lot right there.
Recommending this tune makes me want to go and listen to their entire catalog, but not until I listen to this tune a good dozen times first.
I can’t believe I’m recommending this song. Not because it’s horrible – I know it’s horrible. But because, in recommending it, I have to admit to the world how much I love it. I’m not being ironic: I actually love this song.
My buddy McK turned me onto this tune. He’s a lot like me, in that he gets addicted to terrible songs and can’t stop playing them over and over. He surely knew when he sent it to me that I’d be instantly addicted. I think I listened to it 50 times the first day.
The song itself is oddly catchy. It’s barely anything more than a sparse drumbeat and a single, thick synth line, but it manages to hold my attention over and over and over. I wish I could tell you that I didn’t have every single lyric in this song memorized. I wish I could tell you that.
The best part of the song is either the absolutely insane music video – I imagine that everyone involved with it has probably killed themselves by now – or the unhinged, nonsensical speech Tan Mom gives that serves as the bridge in the middle of the song.
I should probably kill MYself right now, because I’m listening to it as I write this, and I know I’m going to listen to it 2-3 more times. Sigh.
I was driving home with Lady Skkra a year or two ago, and this song came on the radio. I was instantly mesmerized by the soaring synths, relentless bassline, and booming drums. I told her to grab my phone as fast as she could and record a piece of it so that I wouldn’t forget it. The station was barely coming in, and I knew it was too garbled for Shazam to understand.
When I eventually sat down with the clip, I was able to – after literally almost 30 minutes of nonstop listening – make out a single line:
He pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac,
Cause he doesnt like it looking like he looks back
I plugged it into google and crossed my fingers. BAM! Got it. This song sounds very 70s in some ways, which makes it strange that I like it so much, since I’m not generally into 70s classic rock.
Skkra recommends… Swamp Thing by the Pegboard Nerds!
I’ve listened to a bunch of stuff by Pegboard Nerds. They make fun and hype music, but I often feel like they fall a little too much into the “club” feel of songs. Their breakdowns and buildups are too frequent. I wish they’d just chill out a little more and let the song speak for itself without having to do huge 1000-drumroll-hits-a-second buildups that just end up feeling forced.
All of that said, they do some creative stuff, and this is my favorite song of theirs. It’s completely based around playing with a banjo riff, and they do a good job of making it fun despite the fairly constant repetition. Do they overuse buildups a bit? Yes, in my opinion. But in this case, the song is so solid that I don’t really mind. Ive been considering making my own edit that removes them.
At 2:45, they finally abandon all of the buildup garbage and just let the song rock, and that point until the end of the song is definitely the best part of the entire track. Heck, if you want, just start listening from there.