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Oh, Odin. Oh, Wodensdæg. I'm writing and rocking and rolling like mad these days and I still can't keep up with you. There's something wrong with me, and if you don't play along with me there's no telling what I'll do... So yes, here is another song from Southampton UK, 1992, a slightly shambolic rendition of "There's Something Wrong with Me". https://youtu.be/rR9UIoAk4oc First, a word on that goofy intro. "This song comes from my home state North Dakota..." This is a verbatim quote from Lawrence Welk, who I heard introduce a song this way on his TV show when I was a kid (and that's a LW accent I'm attempting.) It struck me as hilarious then and I still think it's funny, and I still use it to introduce songs sometimes, accent and all. Why? Well, do I need a reason? Sometimes a good Lawrence Welk reference is just the thing to do, rightly or wrongly. (We -- siblings and I -- used to watch the LW Show ironically all the time when I was a kid, and even used it and a feigned enthusiasm for Lawrence to embarrass one sister when she was picked up by her date for the prom, which worked and I don't think she's ever forgiven us... man, dates and proms and such sounds just as old fashioned as Lawrence Welk in this day an age. Well, I am a bit old.) Anyway, introductions aside... "There's Something Wrong with Me", from the Milk Milk Lemonade album that had just come out before we embarked on this tour, is an unassuming little song that became a sort of inadvertent anthem and I know a lot of people really like it and relate to it. At the age of six or seven I was in my prime... this is actually quite true. This was one of those tracks largely put together in the studio, not played live repeatedly beforehand, which partly explains the slight awkwardness of this performance. We were still trying to learn it. Fitting for the song, in a way, but then that's an excuse I could always use (and have.) I had had some rather grand ambitions for this studio track, including a horn section part all figured out in my head and more sound effects -- the studio recording begins with a baby crying, but trust me there was much more of that nature that would have been included had we had more than a shoestring budget. Despite / because of, that, it didn't come out too badly. The guitar solo happens to be one of my favorites that I've ever managed, with the "pentatonics" just slightly in enough of an unusual place to make it interesting. I don't quite pull it off all the way here, but it's mostly there. Original: https://youtu.be/l6kd6rZA1Xk Looking back, this is one of the more cohesive tracks on that scattered album. The largely unfortunate, haphazard approach to writing and recording managed to work nonetheless sometimes, and this is one of those times. Or so I tell myself, but maybe I'm just kidding myself once again. What do I know, I'm just a poor North Dakota boy like my buddy Lawrence. Anyhow, enjoy, if such a thing is possible. Till next time, go with God and I wish you well. #music #punkrock #live #video #minds
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