April 26, 2005

Lost in the Plot

There’s a song on last month's all-time favourite album (No Cities Left by The Dears) called Lost in the Plot. The chorus features a line which for the longest time I couldn’t make out (it didn’t occur to me that the liner notes contained lyrics) – I thought it was:
It’s the same old cutlery stains
when in fact it’s:
It’s the same old plot to these things
Way to bring on an attack of the cynics. I mean – think about it – it is the same old plot! Never mind history never repeats, what about the classic (to me at least) line in Pearl Jam’s Corduroy:
Everything has changed – absolutely nothing’s changed
Groundhog day? No way!! Thanks to a few pep talks with Matt, who appears to have taken over the mantle of Truth-Teller (previously worn by Nick) my head is cleared of cluttery what-ifs and maybe-he-meants and no longer will I be Lost in the Plot. To date I've displayed something of a knack for tragic romance, or possibly romantic tragedy. But I have no intention of becoming a country n'western singer. Break the cycle!

Sometimes I despair. Other times I laugh. I started writing this post a few weeks ago. But history repeats; it's as relevant today as it was then.


Blogger Roberto Campana said...

Finally some one appreciates the song "Corduroy." I agree, a classic PJ song. I'm actually impressed, most people think Eddie is saying "everything has chains, absolutley nothing changed." but i'm glad you know the real lyric. my favorite PJ is similar to that one. "I change, by not changing at all." I love those little backwards word thingys.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Scribbles said...

Off the topic... have you ever heard The National? Think you would like it.

3:26 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Oh my! You mentioned The Dears and Pearl Jam... and Lost in the Plot and Corduroy.. I ... I think I love you... ... ...

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

My darling boyfriend went for a week warbling "oooour loooooooove, don't mess with ooooour loooooooove"... and last night sent me a text "Feeling self conscious...It's the only way to save us...And forget about your awful past...Do it now or we'll never last"... ... Sometimes I don't know whether to be touched or offended.. kinda like that guy I saw at REM who lovingly nudged his girlfriend when they sang "One I Love"... or that picture of the guy holding up the "CAN I PROPOSE DURING BETTER MAN?" sign at a PJ show. *waffles*

6:55 AM  
Blogger Herge Smith said...

I saw the Dears play in Brighton (UK) recently, they were fab...

afterwards I went to tell Murray how great it was, actually i went to chat up one of the keyboard players, but when I got to where they were at the bar I was far too drunk and forgot to speak to her. So I went up to Murray and rather than give an eloquant critique of why i thought the gig was fab I just blurted out;

"That was fucking great"

Murray was cool, and just said, "Thanks man, appreciate that"

And you know what? I think he did.

I've become a groupie... and I'm no spring chicken either.

Great blog btw.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Hi Roberto. Yep that's probably my favourite Pearl Jam song - although I was one of those fickle fans who gave up on them after Vitalogy. Your line - from 'Elderly Woman..', right? Another great song..

Scribbles, haven't heard The National. I'll keep an eye out, thanks!

Thanks Lisa - good sounds huh. I want to get hold of the first Dears album. Hmmmm..

Herge ya big groupie! One day I'll see them live.. I saw the video for 'Lost in the Plot' the other night, not quite the same thing though.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Roberto Campana said...

Yeah, I would have to say I was one of those fans too. I got back on board for Binaural, that one is actually really good. But since then, I stick with the older stuff.

And yup! You know your lyrics. That's awesome. Ofcourse you could have just google'd it. But I'll give u the benefit of the doubt :)

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Scribbles said...

My name is Taryn btw! Umm if you could ask The Dears something what would you ask? I'm interviewing them in the next few days and you love them more than me. Also, you were at Resonate, have you heard the Kaiser Chiefs and The Bravery they were also talking about? I haven't had a good listen yet but getting a wee bit tired of the same ol sound now...

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS The National have two albums, Alligator and Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers - the latter is the best in my opinion but Alligator is also good, grows on you.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Herge Smith said...

Taryn - that's weird, I'm listening to the Kaisers right now - Na Na Na Na Naaa

Yeah I'm a total groupie Jessie, let me tell you...

Worse still when i fawned over Le Tigre... another story.

How about The Arcade Fire? Best live band around at the moment.

Oh taryn, when you speak to Murray, can you apologise for me, it was in the bar behind the gig in The Concorde 2 in Brighton.

Even if you don't, can you say you did to make me feel better. Tar.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Hey Taryn, yeah I knew that ;) I hit up Blink for info when you thought you knew me! We have at least one mutual friend - Evania. Anyway, I am busily thinking of questions for you, it's much more fun than assessing evidence BLEUGH. Email me?

I don't know anything about the bands you mentioned sorry - I'm usually about three months behind the times in these things.

Herge, I've been listening to Funeral a lot lately, still getting into it. As for the live experience, that too will come - one day. I reckon I'm gonna go mad at next year's European summer festivals.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Taryn said...

oh ya wee sneak...! emailing you now...
Herge, will do! hahaa

12:57 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers is a great album title. Must find it! Smoke has only got Alligator..

Oh and Herge, I'm pretty much at can't-stop-listening-to-that-track stage with 'Neighbourhood #3 - (Power Out).'

6:02 AM  
Blogger Herge Smith said...

Jessie, it's all great, but that is a mighty fine song - although my fave is probably the last with the lyric 'Alice died, in the night' I've been learning to drive, my whole life'

btw the video for Neighboorhood #3 is here

mind you, saying that, it appears the link is down - oops. Also my efforts to see Arcade Fire are here

pathetic, I know.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

At last I've figured out the track you mean, Herge, ('In the Backseat') and I agree - shivers. Awesome.

6:17 AM  

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