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April 5th, 2011 (05:14 pm)

The Mountain Goats is my punk.

At least, the Mountain Goats is my punk in the sense that if I play it for sensitive friends or parents, the reaction is inevitably, "oh my, turn off that awful thing," faster than I can say "But, but, 'my love is like a Cuban plane!'"

But I am not alone in liking John Darnielle's lyrics! I hear that people studying clinical depression find them quite instructive!

Or, if I am more serious, you can find Mountain Goats in your average Barnes and Noble if not your average radio station, which just about makes John Darnielle mainstream. He's just a special kind of mainstream. That special kind of mainstream where you can say "The Mountain Goats is my favorite band" and people will still go "who?" It can be gratifying to the ego.

Anyway, the Mountain Goats is my punk and my favorite band. And I just listened to Sunset Tree and Tallahassee all but back to back, so I wanted to get out my periodical Mountain Goats glee all at once. Just, you know, focused on those two albums rather than John Darnielle's other two thousand albums.

John Darnielle does not write nice songs. He writes songs about self-destruction (but not the appealing sexy kind. Self-destruction is never any fun under Darnielle's pen), alcoholism, toxic relationships, abuse, game shows, and peanuts. He does not write songs you can play at weddings or birthday parties, and people at funerals would not really appreciate them either. However, he is really quite talented and can not only write pretty lines about the moon, but also about spittle. The Mountain Goats is very democratic with pretty. And although these songs are often densely metaphorical and occasionally densely allusive, they are also often conversational and veritably filled with concrete detail, so Stephen Sondheim might not disapprove. Darnielle also is a good enunciator, so you usually do not need to refer to a lyrics sheet. This is also a plus.

I have now gathered what I consider the three catchiest songs each from these two albums below these two cuts, with lyric snippets. Try not to overheat with excitement, although it will be difficult not to.

Dance Music - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddxbQbqjHhw&p=0ED14CB34B69396F

ok so look I'm seventeen years old, and you're the last best thing I've got going. 
but then the special secret sickness starts to eat through you. what am I supposed to do? 

Up the Wolves - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PO4r9m_6Xk&p=0ED14CB34B69396F (curiously, this is played over a picture of Y the Last Man. This may incidentally be my favorite Darnielle song. At least angry Darnielle song)

our mother has been absent ever since we founded rome. 
but there's going to be a party when the wolf comes home. 

Love, Love, Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv3-vANWwcU&p=0ED14CB34B69396F

some things you'll do for money and some you'll do for fun, 
but the things you do for love are going to come back to you one by one. 

First Few Desperate Hours - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lcbsBFthX8

And we try to keep our sprits high 
But they flag and they wane 
When the truck pulls up out front 
In the light spring rain 

No Children - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRP6egIEABk&p=7A0274AFA3BBDB0C (this is the one my dear parents especially dislike, I am afraid)

I hope that our few remaining friends 
Give up on trying to save us
I hope we come up with a failsafe plot 
To piss off the dumb few that forgave us 

Oceanographer's Choice - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPjbloNJQUE&p=7A0274AFA3BBDB0C

Look at that 
Would you look at that? 
We're throwing off sparks 
What will I do when I don't have you 
To hold onto in the dark? 


Posted by: ninja kitten (asathena)
Posted at: April 6th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)

I wan' write lyrics that gooooood. I may settle for making bluegrass diddys though.

Posted by: Wicked Baggins (subsidaryforge)
Posted at: April 6th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)

Me too. You do bluegrass diddys, I will do Shel Silverstein knockoffs, and we will break onto the indie scene like tigers.

Posted by: ninja kitten (asathena)
Posted at: April 6th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)

Like tigers with ADONIS BLOOD

Posted by: Pike (pikestaff)
Posted at: April 6th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)

And this is what you shall name your indie band.

"tigers with adonis blood"

All in lowercase

Posted by: ninja kitten (asathena)
Posted at: April 7th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)

Hm...that sounds good. That way I can perform/write for that AND my rock band MURDER PLATYPUS.

Posted by: ninja kitten (asathena)
Posted at: April 6th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)

Ditties, goodness.


Posted by: ninja kitten (asathena)
Posted at: April 6th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)

PS while I'm here, we oughta chat sometime.

Posted by: Wicked Baggins (subsidaryforge)
Posted at: April 6th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)

Def. ought. I just went through another move, but I will be like available again.

Posted by: beficyan (beficyan)
Posted at: April 14th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)

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