Beauty is only skin deep, and everybody's beautiful underneath. I believe in that, but let's not push it. Well, friends, it's another Wodnesdæg, and time for another Song for Odin™, wherein, for no useful or even discernible reason, I post a song on my YouTube channel and comment on it here. I just started doing it, and kept doing it. I'll run out of songs eventually, but that time is not yet upon us, to one's surprise. Accordingly, here's "God Bless America," live at the Stortebeker club in Hamburg, Germany, July 13, 1992. https://youtu.be/xwpXdXAubQA This is not even a week after that Southampton UK gig I've posted so many songs from in this space. We'd started out on the continent, made our way to Britain and Ireland, and then back, through to Germany and eventually back to Amsterdam. But those five days were, apparently, rather hard ones, and this set finds the Mr T Experience quite a bit more ragged even than usual. If this performance seems a bit off-kilter it's because the set was kind of falling apart. The song is preceded in the video by several minutes of the band huddling around the drummer pleading with him to do just one more song. (Apparently he was "tired.") In fact we wound up doing twenty minutes more of set, though much of that time was spent standing around on the stage awkwardly and embarrased-ly, wondering if the next song would ever start. (As Tom Henderson mentioned in King Dork, if I recall correctly, it's usually a mistake to have the drummer in charge of starting the songs... you always spend a great deal of your time standing around waiting in such a chase. I don't know why it is this way.) So I said "Why don't you..." to start the song, but it looks very much like I didn't expect the song to, you know, actually start, and was in fact thrown off by the fact that it did. Possibly I had some kind of "bit" in mind, turning our failure to execute proper showmanship into an ironic feature, as I have been known to do. Possibly I simply intended to barrel on and do it solo, come what may, as I used to do with this song traditionally before we worked it up as a full band number. (Previously it had been used to fill in time during broken string breaks and such.) In any case the song happened, and it's the only live version of this song I've ever come across, though we used to play it fairly often. I'm not going to "explain the song," as I hate doing that, though I have written a bit about it in the liner notes to Shards Volume One. People associate it with the Our Bodies Our Selves album because it was piled on to the end of the CD of that release, but it pre-dates all of that material by a good few years. All I will say is, people love it, rightly or wrongly. It's one of the most requested and most, you know, "sung at me" songs in the catalog, by people I run into here and there in my daily life. I suppose it's because it is short, to the point, funny, and mildly politically incorrect. Of such ingredients are anthems made. It works pretty well on its own terms, for just about exactly sixty seconds, and then it's over. It gets in, gets out, and nobody gets hurt. There are worse songs out there, surely. I'm glad it's there. studio recording: https://youtu.be/8swL-w19yew And so another Song for Odin™ comes to a close. Like, subscribe, comment, upvote, share, and do your best to be at your best because the alternative, face it, what you usually do and how's that working out for you? Just as I suspected. Or just let everything go to hell, that's an option too. In the end, as you'll learn when you're older, whatever it is, it doesn't really matter all that much. See you next time, should there be one. #music #video #songs #dames #minds
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