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Thursday, June 24, 2010 

iPod + work day = this kind of thing

One of my favourite bits in the live version* of the immortal "Life During Wartime" is when David Byrne starts whooping "burned all my notebooks, what good are notebooks? / they won't help me survive!" Hefner's "Junk," from the underrated (and yes, a little odd) Dead Media, is just about the last song I would think about in comparison with "Life During Wartime." But what's that after the first chorus? "Don't need notebooks, what good are notebooks / they won't help me survive." I only hope that it's a deliberate, left-field homage.


*(from the Special New Edition of Stop Making Sense, of course; I don't hate The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, but I will never ever understand people who claim it is somehow better)

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