I just want to give a shout out to Messrs. Flansburgh and Linnell, who rocked my world in 1990 and who re-rocked it during this morning's commute. I was madly obsessed with "Flood" when it was first released, and I pored over every nook and cranny for the better part of a year and a half. And then, of course, I moved on to other things. Anyway, now, 14 years later, there's a lot on the album that I just didn't know how to appreciate back then. I suppose at the time that I thought their songwriting process must be so ridiculously easy - they're just throwing down nonsensical lyrics over random chord changes and spicing it up with accordians. Obviously, they were doing a hell of a lot more than that. Despite the drum machines and canned horns, there's a tremendous amount of detail in the arrangement and production of every song, which I don't think I ever fully understood until this morning, at least 10 years removed from my last complete listen. Anyway. Johns - I salute you.
There's only one thing that I know how to do well And I've often been told that you only can do What you know how to do well And that's be you, Be what you're like, Be like yourself, And so I'm having a wonderful time But I'd rather be whistling in the dark