Back when I was a contributor, Spectrum Culture had its writers rank every VU song. (It’s only across three pages, so click through to read.)
I wrote blurbs for:
#67 “I’m Sticking with You” #66 “Little Sister” #58 “The Murder Mystery” #56 “Eulogy to Lenny Bruce” #52 “That’s the Story of My Life” #48 “The Black Angel’s Death Song” #45 “One of These Days (2014 Mix)” #42 “Hey Mr. Rain (Version 2)” #38 “Cool It Down” #37 “Run Run Run” #32 “Lady Godiva’s Operation”
This is peak hipster nostalgia. Releasing the silly cover of “Africa” on vinyl was bad enough. But now we have this. Just look at the art: They’re wearing cringeworthy ‘80s fashion, like oh-em-gee! Is hipster irony chic a thing? It is now. As for the music, it’s almost entirely a frustrating failure. The band needlessly smears power pop riffage over the originals. Meanwhile, Cuomo’s wooden delivery suggests Teal exists purely because the Toto cover went viral; this is social obligation, not enjoyment. The lone exception is Bell’s vocal on “Paranoid,” the only part of this that’s fun.
I saw Thrice at The Rave recently. It was a solid show, and the two openers, Teenage Wrist and The Bronx, were good as well. See any of them if you get the chance. (Also, I wrote about TW’s splendid debut LP when it came out earlier this year.)