Welcome back to another edition of Audio Account, a series where I simply cherry-pick 2 or 3 songs that have significant meaning and write a little bit about them, learn things in the process and hopefully help you guys/girls to discover some new music! It’s been a while since the last post, but exams have finally come to a conclusion so thankfully blogs and reviews will become much more frequent.
#1: Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
I was initially inspired to listen to this song due to the fact we’ve been examining the classic cult-film Fight Club, a film both revered and loathed by critics; though personally I think it is simply brilliant. ‘Where Is My Mind’ features as the official soundtrack to David Fincher’s creation, and with the correlating messages seen within the two forms of art (film and music), they are a perfect match. The lyrics can possess a variety of different meanings depending upon your interpretation, front-man Frank Black has left them open for us although said he was inspired to write the song because of a scuba diving experience, which links to the verse of “swimming in the Caribbean”. To me, this song is a slight dig at upper-class materialistic values and questions the logic behind it, perhaps hence the lyric “where is my mind?
Animals were hiding behind the rock
– Animals being the upper-class people, and the rock being their money.
Except the little fish
– Other people who don’t have the vast amount of money don’t feel the need to hide behind any wealth.
Your head will collapse, but there’s nothing in it and you’ll ask yourself, where is my mind?
I also contemplate whether this song is a foray into the abstract world of the human mind; as to whether it holds substance or not. As Frank suggests, the human ‘mind’ isn’t a material, physical object. It is simply an abstract idea that holds abstract thoughts.
#2: The Naked And Famous – Girls Like You
This song is the climax of a brilliant, underrated album ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You’ by a brilliant, underrated band. Honestly, one of my favourite albums of all time; it’s diverse in style throughout and doesn’t fail to surprise, so if you haven’t yet, check it out! Moving on to ‘Girls Like You’, the traditional curtain-closer to the album, this is a song that’s pretty relative to the life of a lusting teenage boy, and his feelings towards a particular girl.
How would you cope it the world decided to make you suffer for all that you were?
At face value, vocalists Alisa and Thom are singing about a materialistic, potentially manipulative girl and seeing through her facade, but also questioning what would happen if everybody else saw through this facade.
Don’t you know people write songs about girls like you?
The girl in question perhaps doesn’t realise the extent of her manipulative actions, and the lengths to which she makes men go in order to gain her approval, or the feelings that she instils in men. I believe this can be taken in two ways; there are people that write songs about the perfect girl on the outside, and those that write about the girl’s true self – linking to the lyric “your heart is a stone, buried beneath your pretty clothes”.
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