December 01, 2005
LegendaryMonkey: Loving denizens of White Stripes Nation, I, your (or at least Al's, which may or may not be creepy, now that I think about it...) Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart has so much enjoyed her holiday hiatus! Now, fortified with tryptophan and leftover pie, I am ready to beat the drum again for the revolution! Today we bring you:
"Fell in Love With a Girl"
White Blood Cells, 2002
LM: To start with the obvious point, "Fell in Love With a Girl" constitutes one of Jack and Meg's most straight down the center Ramones attacks. 110 seconds of pure punk goodness.
Generalisimo Alberto: Or again, early Kinks or Who would be relevant.
LM: I've heard it said by many that this was the best punk song of 2002, and to hell with the fact that there was no real competition. Certainly crap like Avril Lavigne doesn't qualify.
GA: Any way you want to look at it, Jack doesn't even need a seven nation army here. His one simple guitar slams down those dirty power pop chords like the US laying down the law in the streets of Baghdad.
LM: Alberto... do NOT call this pop again or I will be forced to speak for at least an hour on why punk is not pop. And I may crush your larynx or something equally painful and irritating.
GA: There's no inherent contradiction between pop and punk, musically speaking. It depends on how you play out the contradictions of "punk rock." On the one hand, there was the idea of being studiously anti-social and spitting in the face of the industry. But the basic musical values ran to short and sweet stripped down pop song structure. The Sex Pistols were playing Chuck Berry style more than anything.
The Who are often considered the fathers of punk rock, and those early records that are the basis of that reputation were conceived as popular recordings for radio play and mass consumption. "My Generation" is a perfectly catchy little pop tune.
Certainly the Ramones were pop music. Their whole conceptual framework was short, sweet pop construction based on classic bubblegum. The Ramones wrote bubblegum with balls.
In short, "Fell In Love With a Girl" is pure, sweet hard candy pop music- and perfectly credible punk rock. To mix my candy metaphors, punk and pop are like a Reese Cup- two great tastes that taste great together.
LM: I'll buy anything if you explain it with candy metaphors. But there may still be beatings later. Carry on.
GA: The lyrics describe the comic dilemma of a leader torn between being a
man of the people, but also a man. It's sort of like Premier Kisof or Jesus in
The Last Temptation of Christ, torn between social obligation and
wanting to impregnate Mary Magdalene. One side of the brain wants to run with
the evil redhead, but the other side knows that he's got a revolution to
Red hair with a curl
mellow roll for the flavor
and the eyes for peeping
can't keep away from the girl
these two sides of my brain
need to have a meeting
can't think of anything to do
my left brain knows that
all love is fleeting
LM: And if you want to look at this in some context that doesn't sound like
it came from Pinky and the Brain, this is again about an a woman who
seems awfully easy to judge - a theme we've seen before in "You're
Pretty Good Looking." Here we have a woman who is obviously seeing
someone else, who is "looking for something new."
She says "come and kiss me by the riverside, Bobby says it's fine he don't consider it cheating"
she's just looking for something new
and I said it once before
but it bears repeating
Viva la revolution! Go back to the beginning of WHITE STRIPES NATION!
PHOTOS PAGE 4 Loretta Lynn and Jack White Gallery
PHOTOS PAGE 5 Meg White Gallery 1
PHOTOS PAGE 6 Meg White Gallery 2
PHOTOS PAGE 7 Meg White Gallery 3
PHOTOS PAGE 8 Meg White Gallery 4
Up against the wall, Mariah Carey!
A CASE FOR REVOLUTION - THE WHITE STRIPES MANIFESTOS
"Seven Nation Army" White Stripes Nation Manifesto I
"Jimmy the Exploder" White Stripes Nation Manifesto II
"Sugar Never Tasted So Good" White Stripes Nation Manifesto III
"You're Pretty Good Looking" White Stripes Nation Manifesto IV
"Hello Operator" White Stripes Nation Manifesto V
"Apple Blossom" White Stripes Nation Manifesto VI
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" White Stripes Nation Manifesto VII
"We're Going To Be Friends" White Stripes Nation Manifesto VIII
"Fell in Love With a Girl" White Stripes Nation Manifesto IX
"Hotel Yorba" White Stripes Nation Manifesto X
"There's No Home For You Here" White Stripes Nation Manifesto XI
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