Ladies and gentlemen, let's just get right down to it. I present this week's Friday Afternoon Song.
"Lump" by Presidents of the United States of America
"Lump lingered last in line for brains
And the ones she got were sorta rotten and insane
Small things so sad that birds could land
Is lump fast asleep or rockin out with the band"
This song, and frankly entire album, has special memories for me recounting early high school days of driving around in my old '82 Chevy Silverado with a 350, saddle gas tanks, and dual exhaust (yes, I am from West Texas. Those things are standard issue and you are expected to know what they do.), and could literally blow up if I ever got hit hard from the side. We got a "Safety Recall" letter from Chevrolet on that one telling us to stop driving it. It is still at our house, live and kicking. But I digress...
For this week's background, I do not think that I can state it any better than our friends at The Burning Ear (a music blog for people who don't have time for music blogs). So take it away:
The Presidents Of The United States Of America exploded onto the scene in 1995 with “Lump,” the endlessly catchy thump-fest that grabbed me by the face and dragged me to my local record store. Anyone else smart enough to pick up their self-titled debut was treated to one of the most solid rock albums of the 90s. “Lump” was followed by “Kitty,” “Peaches,” and “Dune Buggy,” for all I’m concerned, the whole album could have been singles. Surprisingly, POTUSA are still around and recently released their 5th album. I haven’t heard anything since 1996’s disappointing II and I don’t think I will. Unless someone tells me to… Anyway, if you don’t already have it then you should pick their debut from Amazon. It’s going used for a penny. How’s that treatin’ you? Still got an excuse? Yeah, thought so. [check out the original post]
I agree 100% with Mr. Ear, and even considered making this week's FAS a hit list of Dune Buggy, Kitty, Boll Weevil and Kick Out The Jams (which the noted college cover band, Drying Off Grandpa, attempted to cover at one time, which along with Party Hard by Andrew W.K. was unfortunately received with little fan-fare.). But frankly that would take to long. Sorry.
Now, put down your iPhones, close those spreadsheets, grab the closest pin-wheel and/or penny whistle and start finger drumming...