Monday, 31 January 2011

Indie Rockers Can Swear Too - #2 - Rilo Kiley

"Hey. Do you wanna talk about computer games and our insecurities?"

Indie kids lose their shit for Jenny Lewis. The girls wanna be her and the boys wanna date her. Actually, they want to take her on a kitsch little date to an American diner where they can get a big sundae to share and Jenny'll get a bit of cream on her nose or some cutesy ting like that. That's her in the middle in that photo up there, by the way. She's not amazingly attractive but she's certainly not ugly and she's in a credible band, that really is enough for most people. The best thing about Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley, of course, is that they made a great swear song.

2. Rilo Kiley - A Better Son/Daughter

"Sometimes in the morning I am petrified and can't move..."

This swear song came to me on the way to work today. I didn't have a moment of revelation or anything, it just came on shuffle on my iPod. Just want to say here that I defintely don't listen to my iPod on the way to work whilst driving, in case the police are reading. Anyway, 'A Better Son/Daughter' is a great song about self improvement, y'know, getting right with yourself. It's a central subject to a lot of tunes if you think about it. In contrast to those rappers and their braggadocio, indie rockers find it a lot easier to sing about being or getting better than actually doing it. It's the chasm between making a New Year's resolution and actually quitting smoking or getting a six pack I suppose.

The curse words arrive in quick succession in this song and they're extremely pronounced too which gets Rilo Kiley ten more points on the, erm, fuck-o-meter. I genuinely think they were added in at the last minute because if you sing the lines without those words they definitely need a bridge word and "...the good seems bloody cheap," just doesn't hit quite as hard. One of the band members probably just went "Ay yo Jenny. Throw a coupla fucks into that verse if you can't think of nuttin'," and the rest was, as they say, history.

# of words - 2
Severity of words - The second worst one to youknowwhat.
Manner of delivery - Fuck with a cherry on top.

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