Monday, May 26, 2014


I'll let you make up your own mind on this one. Two songs, same title. One seems apropos, a sort of rallying cry. The other, well, isn't all that convincing. The songs are both titled "Destroy All Music". One was put out by a band called Thingy, in 1997. The other by the Weirdos in 1977. Now you'd think that with twenty years between them, we'd all have learned a thing or two about this music destroying business. In fact, when I saw the Thingy song, I got all hopped up, hoping there would be some added gusto to the subject at hand. Well, you can make up your own mind, after all Thingy featured a pre-Pinback Rob Crow, who everybody seemed to be gaga about a few years back. I never really heard Pinback. They may have been a good band. But Thingy's "Destroy All Music" doesn't do a thing for me. As a matter of fact, I hate it. I want to destroy it. Lyrically, here's what you're comparing. Thingy's first few lines: 

"The notes. The chords The vibrato. The 4/4. I want nothing less than a public demonstration. A kicking of asses. I want nothing less than the total destruction of musical structure.

Compare those words to the Weirdos more direct approach:

"I want to kick in the radio, I want to go bomb the record store. I say, destroy all music. I say, you just can't use it. I pawned my records and my stereo. I burned my tickets to see ELO." 

Without getting overly analytical, here's what your basically looking at. Thingy's got all these references to actual music structure. What the hell? Destroying all music is a big job, and you're going to need help. If your making references to vibrato and 4/4, you're singing to musicians, or at least people who know what those two things are. You need legions of Joe Blows to help you in this. The Weirdos, on the other hand, get down to business. Hit 'em with something they can comprehend. You know, kicking in radios and bombing record stores.

One thing to note: don't skip one of the songs because you don't dig the other. They're really different. It's Bluto versus the folk singer.

Thingy - Destroy All Music mp3 at Parlando
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