Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Song of the Week 3/16/07

Pete Yorn - "Splendid Isolation"

I finally got to see Pete Yorn.


I mean, I've missed this guy every time he's played in New York since 2002 because of:

--I had a DJ gig

--I was upstate visiting family

--I got to Jones Beach too late because of subway hassles and traffic on a Friday (Yorn was opening for R.E.M.)

--I was going out of town to see The Figgs (twice!)

--And I was in Austin for ACL.

I almost thought I wouldn't make it this time due to the snow/sleet/freezing rain/ice cube storm that seems to strike us every March just after we've gotten that taste of sunny spring weather. Yet I slid along the streets of midtown with my friend Molly up to Roseland to catch Yorn and his band deliver a great set that included this cover of my favorite song from Warren Zevon's 1989 album Transverse City. Yorn covered it for the Zevon tribute disc Enjoy Every Sandwich and threw it on his latest album Nightcrawler. This week I listened to that album a couple of times to refresh my memory and every time "Splendid Isolation" came on, I thought, "Wait, this is on this album? I love this cover."

And I really, really hope Viacom doesn't destroy You Tube. How else would I be able to show you visual proof of the song:

I love the shaky camera work. And I love these lyrics too, even if they are a bit dated:

"Michael Jackson in Disneyland
Don't have to share it with nobody else
Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand
And lead me through the World of Self

Splendid Isolation
I don't need no one
Splendid Isolation"

And you know what, this bridge is pretty great as well:

"Don't want to wake up with no one beside me
Don't want to take up with nobody new
Don't want nobody coming by without calling first
Don't want nothing to do with you"

Yorn has written some really good songs, but he'll never match Zevon's pen.

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