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Uncertain Smile
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Uncertain Smile

Uncertain Smile - The The.

Peeling the skin back from my eyes I felt surprised
That the time on the clock was the time I usually retired
To the place where I cleared my head of you
But just for today I think I lie here and dream of you

I’ve got you under my skin where the rain can’t get in
But if the sweat pours out, just shout
I’ll try to swim and pull you out

A howling wind that blows the litter as the rain flows
As street lamps pour orange colored shapes, through your windows
A broken soul stares from a pair of watering eyes
Uncertain emotions force an uncertain smile

I’ve got you under my skin where the rain can’t get in
But if the sweat pours out, just shout
I’ll try to swim and pull you out

Slow Emotion Replay
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Slow Emotion Replay

New Music for the Weekend:Slow Emotion Replay by The The

Not necessarily new, but it’s important. After the debbie-downer post yesterday (which some readers actually called ‘depressing’ - sorry!), I thought I’d share one of my secret weapons to tackling a down day.

His name is Matt Johnson, mastermind of the 90s band The The. I used to turn to Mr. Johnson’s music when I felt down or lonely, and he used to fill my mind with ideas of hope and sympathy. I used to listen religiously to his song “This is The Day” to pick me up - for almost fifteen years in fact - until it was shamelessly used to sell candy on an M&M’s commercial.

God that fucking tore me up. Something so personal, so important to me, made into something so completely impersonal and insincere. It still angers to me to this very day.

But thankfully it wasn’t the only song that Matt Johnson wrote, and Slow Emotion Replay is just as magnificent as This Is The Day, maybe even more so by the fact that Johnson enlisted one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, to play on the track.

The The is also important for me because it always reminds me of my gateway to indie music. As a kid growing up in Denver, my only outlet for music that spoke to me was a locally made late-night PBS show aired on KBDI Channel 12 called Teletunes. Originally titled FM TV (and followed by the amazing hip-hop showcase Rhythm Visions hosted by DJ K-Nee), Teletunes used to play videos of bands like Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Television, KMFDM, Wolfgang Press, Daisy Chainsaw, pre-Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins, Bauhaus, Miranda Sex Garden and so many more. And the intro to the show, which I’ve posted below, used a riff from The The’s I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All My Life). Memories of being twelve years old, staying up past midnight, and discovering new music that nobody at school had ever heard of. Always, always brings a smile to my face.

Have a fantastic weekend!