Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Current Earworm: There's Great Danger

One of the best things about listening to college radio is that the DJs, not constrained by market studies, can play whatever they want. I recently heard a classic late-70s number by Wire, one I hadn't heard in a while, and it's been stuck in my head ever since. Here's Ex Lion Tamer from the band's first album, a two minute and nineteen second barn-burner with droll, cryptic lyrics that hint at deeper meaning:

"Next week will solve your problems... fish fingers all in a line.
The milk bottles stand empty. Stay glued to your TV set."

Is this a riff on the hand-to-mouth existence of poor people, eating cheap processed food while letting some services lapse for lack of money? Is it just a piss-take? Stuff to ponder while I'm driving to bar trivia tonight, to be sure.

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