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Higher Breasts and a Bigger IQ Maybe you'll recall, but probably not, that last week's Song for Odin™ had to be postponed till the following day, Þūnresdæg, because of wild, wild times that took their toll. But now the schedule has arighted itself, mostly. So: for Wodnesdæg, for the Many-Shaped, the War-Blind and Flaming-Eyed Shouter and Thunderer, and for you, I present: The Mr T Experience - "New Girlfriend", MTX live at Nessun Dorma, Genoa, Italy, 10.28.96. https://youtu.be/66QupEomF7w This has always been among the most crowd-pleasing songs, for reasons that aren't hard to fathom: it's short, to the point, catchy, energetic, silly, funny, and just ever so slightly... edgy, un-PC, I suppose you'd say. Like "Will You Still Love Me When I Don't Love You," "God Bless America", and (believe it or not) "Mr Ramones" this song was originally a throwaway tune to play solo during a broken string break on stage just so there was something to do instead of, or in addition to, just standing around awkwardly. (I should say, drum hardware failure break because that was more likely; except that, when it was a drum thing, and the issue was addressed before the little song was over, the drummer would usually start making all sorts of noise on the snare and cymbals, interrupting the song and basically continuing the theme, settus interruptus. We were so in tune with each other it was unreal. I rarely managed to make it to the end of one of these songs for that reason. Fortunately, or otherwise, no one ever really cared one way or another. But I digress...) So as I was saying, this song pre-dates the recorded version by a good few years, but we never did it as a band till the Doctor-Joel-Jym line-up did it in our first recording session, and first release, in that configuration, the "Alternative Is Here to Stay" 7". It is notable for being the first recording where I was allowed to have the guitars as loud as I wanted them. I think Kevin allowed it because he didn't like the song very much, knew it was destined to be a throwaway B side anyway, and wanted to see if bumping them up would stop my continual belly-aching. (It didn't, but I did like it: I remember hearing the playback and dancing around the control room, if you can believe that, raising my hands skyward and saying something like "yeah that's good." All things I rarely, if ever, do.) Here's that original recording, btw: https://youtu.be/looR_e206dc So yeah, I'm fond of this song. It's one of those recordings that doesn't make me cringe, which, you know, is rather a small category. I know lots of people like it a lot. It's found its way onto quite a few of those "best of" playlists we've been soliciting on Spotify -- do one if you have yet: details here: https://www.soundsradical.com/mtxbestof.html and here: https://medium.com/@drankf/mtx-forever-the-sequencing-ec27ae050621 And you know, maybe it should be on the album, though it hasn't been on my A list till typing this. That master tape has disappeared though, both the multi-track and the mix, so it'd have to be resurrected from the CD or vinyl, which is very far from the ideal, but it can be done, and must be done when there are no other options, as there aren't here. Hmm. Sorry about all this positivity. I'm sure I'll be back to my usual negative, grimly resigned self next Wodnesdæg so never fear. Till then, party, or furrow the brow, like there's tomorrow, like share subscribe upvote comment, etc. And be good, my children. #music #songs #video #mtxforever #minds
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