Saturday, September 5


Like all people, from time to time, I get a song stuck in my head and can't get it out. If it isn't a song or album I already own, I simply go to the iTunes store, or and purchase/download the track, and... problem solved!

When a new song comes out, I may have difficulty locating it (or the exact version I want), but I almost always prevail - music, you see, is one of my main "things."

But there's been this song... on the tip of my tongue, in the back of my mind, in the corner of my consciousness, for years. Yes, years. I only knew the (end) of the chorus and the basic melody. Oh, and I can hum the unusual instrumental section like nobody's business. But (for years), tracking the song down has eluded me. You see, when somebody doesn't know a song, or only knows a few (wrong) lyrics, I'm the guy the come to. I can often point them in the right direction if I don't own the song myself. But who do I turn to when I'm stumped?

After several (useless) Google searches of the lyrics, I was even more lost, if that was possible. So I went about it methodically: I remember the song from junior high. (The 1980s.) I only heard it on KROQ. Luckily, I found a list of all the yearly countdowns of KROQ music (here). I guessed the year (1987), and went through the list.

And there it was: "Alone Again Or," by the Damned. There it was, with its strange FX, garbled lyrics and extended trumpet solo, exposing a counter melody almost too-dense for a pop song.

And now I own it, and don't just have to listen to it in my head.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the damned covered it. the original is from the 60s by love.