Seven 9s and 10s

Track:
N.A. Kicker

Artist:
Superdrag

Album:
Regretfully Yours

Superdrag - N.A. Kicker

I’m sure you’ve heard this one a million times before
You’re the one I want to adore and I can’t shut it up anymore
I just hope it’s not becoming a bore, ‘cause I can’t daydream anymore.

Track:
Unprepared

Artist:
Superdrag

Album:
In The Valley Of Dying Stars

Superdrag - Unprepared

On another day
Any other day
We’d open our eyes
You’d be alive 

Today’s first song on shuffle made me cry in the car on the way to work today.

The past week has been tough for me and unimaginably tougher for some people I care about deeply.

This is Superdrag at their best. Even though the lyrical climax is so devastatingly heartbreaking, it stil comes across as positive and celebratory.

Track:
Keep It Close To Me

Artist:
steelopus

Album:
40 in 40

Superdrag - Keep It Close To Me (steelopus cover)

I’m surprised that no one correctly guessed Superdrag as my 40th band*. They’ve been one of my favorite bands since 1995. I’ve traveled to see them play in both NYC and LA (and others for a total of 8 shows). I’ve posted a lot of their music and I wrote a long review of their last release.

When I decided what 40 in 40 would become, I had a very short list of bands to include and Superdrag was at the top of it. The only reason they ended up as the last band is that I just couldn’t settle on a single song. There are literally dozens of tracks that are worthy of my attention (I would’ve had the same problems with both weezer and Pedro The Lion, but I recorded each of those two tracks before I committed to my rule of only one song per band). John Davis is one of my generation’s best rock n roll writers and anyone that didn’t write-off Superdrag as a one-hit wonder has been rewarded with consistently great music.

I slowly narrowed down my choices to five songs that I really loved and felt I could do justice, and ultimately settled on this track because I’ve always felt a really strong connection to how hard it rocks and to it’s lyrics. It felt like a very appropriate way to end this project.

I want rock and roll
but I don’t want to deal with the hassle.
I know what I know
but I don’t want to feel like an asshole.

It’s direct. Suspect. Insects have launched an invasion.
Chosen. Frozen. Poison in my vaccination.
I’m going to figure out what’s mine
and keep it close to me.
It’s supposed to be.

I’ve got rock and roll
and it used to deliver me sweetly
I’m not gullible
but I feel like I’ve lost it completely.

Let’s make the most of it right now.
Let’s make the most of what we’ve got -
God only knows where it came from.
Let’s make the most of it right now.
Why is it hard to imagine
making life worth the distraction from now on? 

I’m going to figure out what’s mine
and keep it close to me.
It’s supposed to be.
 

Thank you to everyone that listened, liked, and reblogged over the past 40 days. Your support, both public and private, kept me motivated on the bad days and pushed me to be better on the good days. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m drafting up a post with my reflections on the project; look for it sometime this week.

*Nicky guessed it correctly via chat because she gets me.

(40 down. 0 to go.)