Judging by the sad madness in our nation’s Wal-Marts, it must be the holiday season. The days are getting shorter, the lines are getting longer, and it’s becoming more and more important to cram as much as we can into the hours between sunup and sundown.
My friends and I like to play a game where we condense a band’s entire lyrical output to one characteristic line; it can be a line that sums up their philosophy neatly (as my friend Ben points out, nearly any Fugazi lyric will do there), or something that’s indicative of the types of stories they tell (according to my friend Jason, literally any Black Sabbath line will do). So, in keeping with the season of sharing, get together with a few friends, throw on a yule log and the Beach Boys Christmas record, and start stuffing.
In The Comments: Let us know what you come up with below. With thanks to Jason, Ben, Robbie, and Josh, here are a few examples to get you started. words/ m. garner
The Hold Steady :: “She was a pretty cool kisser and she wasn’t all that strict of a Christian.”
Nirvana :: “Teenage angst has paid off well; now I’m bored and old.”
The Minutemen :: “Punk rock changed our lives.”
The Replacements :: “One foot in the door, the other one in the gutter.”
Joy Division :: “I’ve got the spirit, but lose the feeling.”
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