16 March 2006

absentee - "something to bang" (from the something to bang single, import available for purchase here.)

in brief : a great song, like this one, makes me want to shout obscenities, and "something to bang" just screams "fuck me."

one of my favorite lines from dr. strangelove, though not the funniest, is when describing the premier, who is apparently at a brothel w/ the world poised on m.a.d., the russian ambassador says, "he is a man of the people, but he is also a man." despite his position of eminence, he retains all of the base desires that come w/ being a man.

for his part, dan michaelson of absentee, in one of the great opening lines of the year, sings, "i'm tired of being a man / there's always something to bang." what makes this even better is the fact that michaelson sounds like latter-day leonard cohen; better still is that absentee is a top-flight rock band w/ a brass section that makes the track, yes, horny. michaelson sounds incredibly put-upon, amusingly so, loath to do what a man's gotta do, but still a prisoner of gender roles. he's not a fool to do your dirty work--it's just that he has no choice. and there really is no choice, dear listener, but to surrender yourself to absentee's charms.

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