October 13, 2005
Oh, adhere to me, for we are bound by symmetry
I'm having a passionate love affair with a song called "Red Right Ankle" by The Decemberists. I was introduced to it by a mix CD that one of Jacob's labmates made, which Jacob brought home and played at me until I started to like it. The track listing reads like a correctly filled-out Application For Indie Cred, being composed of a half-dozen bands I've never heard and at least four that I've never even heard of. Not that I'm any good standard, since I never hear about anything, but still.
One of the other things on the CD that I'm swooning over is a song by Air called "Mike Mills". That's a fairly common and unremarkable name, so I'm not too sure if it's got any connection with Mike Mills the bespectacled, frizzy-haired, girly-voiced geek who plays bass for R.E.M. and who was my rockstar crush of choice when I was in high school. For the record, I am prepared to swear upon a stack of any religious tome you may provide that I didn't know the name of the song until I'd already decided I liked it. And I'm over him anyway. Red Right Ankle is much cuter.
Posted by dianna at October 13, 2005 02:55 PM
I looked it up cause I really want the song to be about REM Mills, but itÂs probably about the artist who`s done graphic work for them. The Minutemen wrote a song about Stipe (it`s called something ridiculous like "Song for the Lead Singer of REM") back in the eighties. It`s definitely time for a Mike Mills tune. Maybe a tribute to that red rhinestoned outfit he wore in the "What`s the Frequency, Kenneth?" video. At least I think it was red, and from that video.
I'm not sure I've ever seen the particular red rhinestoned outfit in question, but the time could also be ripe for a tribute to the Out of Time era haircut and glasses. A theme of general roundness would prevail, although, to be fair, the band members with noncircular hair weren't too far behind in looking goofy that year.
Mills always looked to me like a really fussy PTA mom.
Pretty much the whole band except for Stipe look like AlzheimerÂs patients allowed to dress themselves on their birthday. I canÂt remember but maybe thatÂs what the Minutemen song was about: dude, donÂt you every get embarrassed by your bandmates?
Man, no way. The other 3 band members (2 now) may look like goofballs but at least they can play instruments. All Stipe's got going for him is a mumbly voice and a tendency to wear skirts, and he can't even have haircuts anymore.
Which was the album whose liner notes included an airbrushed version of Stipe's high-school portrait, in which he had a huge head of pretty-boy hair?
And does "Red Right Ankle" have any relationship to "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave? What a great song. And what a great song name formula, come to think of it. "Green Left Nut," or what have you.
The Decemberists had a hella catchy radio single. I take it the rest of their stuff isn't nearly as poppy or catchy, but then, I haven't taken the time to actually listen to any of it. Anybody care to make a spot-evaluation?
Which was the radio single?
Green Left Nut. I like it.
I have been wondering about the Hand/Ankle thing. Then again, I wondered about Red Right Hand versus the Right Hand Of Doom (isn't that what it's called?) in Hellboy, which is almost certainly not really related. And yet again, when I first listened to the song without paying close attention I thought it was about "your redneck uncle" and later "your red right angle".
there is a decemberists poster in christine's new kitchen.
Nothing says indie cred like asking "which was the radio single?"
It was 16 Military Wives. And it was awesome.