April 25, 2006

Lyricritical: Service

You know the drill. 1) tell me where the lyric comes from. 2) Give your one word reaction. Feel free to elaborate.

He is handling the money
He’s serving the food
He knows about your party
He is calling you dude!
Posted by James at April 25, 2006 9:06 AM
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1. Dunno
2. Blackmail

Posted by: Julie at April 25, 2006 9:24 AM

1. Dunno
2. Hurley

Posted by: Mike L. at April 25, 2006 9:28 AM

1. I posted it, so "Duh."
2. Germy

Posted by: James at April 25, 2006 9:31 AM

1) its that cake song... comfort eagle
2) banging

Posted by: Dan Zarrella at April 25, 2006 9:35 AM

1) It's Cake. Forgot the title until seeing Dan's entry.

2) Lebowskiesque? The dude part reminds me of "The Dude"

I was just listening to this yesterday.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 25, 2006 10:02 AM

Oh! I know that song. Don't they sound kind of angry? I want to change my answer. "Angry." Not blackmail.

Posted by: Julie at April 25, 2006 10:28 AM

1) No clue

2) Unsanitary.

Posted by: briwei at April 25, 2006 11:03 AM

You know, I want to change my one word reaction to Highschool. It just reminds me of clueless kids working at McD's.

Posted by: briwei at April 25, 2006 11:06 AM

1. That's been established
2. hustler

James and I have listened to this song many times and discussed the lyrics. I don't like it when TV shows are about the TV business, or books are about writers, or musicians write about the music industry. I understand, "write what you know." I understand that it's important in their lives. But I prefer art that's more generally relevant. Still, I love this song because of the music and because it seems to be critical of advertising and the shallow end of our culture.

Posted by: Maggie at April 25, 2006 11:17 AM

I never worked the counter at McD's, so BriWei isn't referring to me. Just so you all know.

They hid me in the back. Or, rather, I hid in the back. At that time in my life I had no desire to interact with the public.

I'm much more cheery nowadays. Why are you laughing?

Posted by: James at April 25, 2006 11:19 AM

Maggie, I've noticed that a lot of Cake's songs are about the media. "Frank Sinatra" is clearly about the music industry, or radio at the very least.

But "The Distance" seems to be more about the quick pace of society and the drive to get ahead.

I don't mind hearing from insiders about an industry that has an effect on our lives. What I don't like is when an artist wanders into a self-serving twisty little maze of inside references to their industry and tries to pass it off as something worthwhile.

And anyhow, it's easier to take in a song if the music is good. It's over in 3 minutes or so. Unlike a movie.

Posted by: James at April 25, 2006 11:24 AM

Artists can be a very self-involved lot, and I get the feeling sometimes that they think we're going to feel privileged to get a glimpse into their fascinating world.

But then, I have very little patience with art in general. I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time trying to figure out if what they're saying is meaningful or relevant to me.

Perhaps it's a few too many college art exhibits (what did I go to, two?), time spent talking to art majors, or boredom and disgust with movies and tv shows. But that's my fault for looking in the wrong places, and I recognize that.

Sorry, a little bit of a veer from the topic, and a bit of a rant.

Posted by: Maggie at April 25, 2006 11:46 AM

But you love good art. And there is a lot of it.

I think we were exposed to a lot of bad artists in school. So I hesitate to paint them all with a broad brush.

I slay me.

Posted by: James at April 25, 2006 12:04 PM

Good song, but YOU suck - thanks for the ear worm! }:|

Posted by: Leslie at April 25, 2006 12:10 PM

There are worse tunes I could have lodged in your head. Don't tempt me, Leslie!

Posted by: James at April 25, 2006 12:38 PM

1. something by Cake, maybe the album title track (but I don't know the album name).

2. unprofessional.

Posted by: Sharon at April 25, 2006 2:32 PM

1. beats me
2. immaturity

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 26, 2006 7:38 AM

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