One of the reasons I began writing the “Tuneful Tuesday” feature on this blog was to set up one day of the week that would be easy for me. Pick out a song I like, grab a video link, bang out a few paragraphs, publish, good night. Sometimes, though, as we all know, even the easy things in life can get complicated.
I feel as if I’ve written ad nauseum about being sick recently, so I don’t see any point in rehashing how that has disrupted the past week for me. Probably a bigger hurdle to getting this post written has been the sudden strange behavior of the radio in my truck. Basically, all of the buttons on the faceplate stopped working one day, meaning if I used my mp3 player, well, I had to listen to whatever was playing, not necessarily what I wanted to listen to at the time. This condition persisted until a few days ago, when I dropped the faceplate in the floor of the truck and somehow magically restored its abilities. Reminded me of that line from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: “She falls down a well, her eyes go cross. She gets kicked by a mule, they go back. I don’t know.”
So, a few minutes ago, I began randomly scrolling through my iPod to find something, anything, I could use for this week, and I came across a song I hadn’t thought about in quite some time. Back in 1989, when I was still firmly entrenched in my worship of all things hair metal, I fell in love with the Scotish band Del Amitri. Their album Waking Hours is still probably one of my favorite albums of all time. While most people are probably more familiar with the album’s first single, “Kiss This Thing Goodbye,” it was the song “Stone Cold Sober” that I always loved.
I felt so bad for the band later on when they became one of those acts whose greatest success would also lead to their downfall. I’m referring, of course, to “Roll To Me,” which would turn out to be Del Amitri’s biggest hit in the U.S. and also the song that would make many people despise them for life. It’s actually not a bad song at all, but it was so incredibly overplayed you couldn’t help but get sick of it after a while. The real shame is that this band produced some really, really good music that was unfairly overlooked.
I suppose this song is melancholy enough to have some sort of depression connection, but I’m not really sure what it is. All I want to do right now is maybe introduce you all to some great music you never heard before. Hey, that makes people happy. Right?