The Two-Minute Man, Episode 18: Long Awaited Return Edition
Breathe easy, Post Rockers. After a two-week hiatus, the Two-Minute Man is back. And there's even some Dylan and Neil Young to make for a nice return that not even Blues Traveler and a shockingly bad Beatles cover can ruin.
1. "Tangled Up in Blue" - Bob Dylan
An obvious lyrical tour de force and all-time classic, but the weary, solo acoustic version on the popular "Blood on the Tapes" bootleg is far superior. The first three verses are delivered in third-person, which puts the song in a pretty different context, and the next-to-last verse is completely different. I think that entire bootleg is better than the actual "Blood on the Tracks" album, but that's another blog post or three altogether.
3. "Supernatural Superserious" - R.E.M.
A mighty fine slice of rock, even if it does have a pointless bridge that drives me crazy. I. Hate. Bridges. But I love Mike Mills harmonies and there are plenty of those, so, thumbs up.
4. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" - World Party
It's an Under the Covers weekend on the Globe, so that means lots of bands butchering Beatles classics. Actually this one sticks pretty close to the original so it's decent-to-good. It still doesn't approach the great version the Breeders did on "Pod," though.
5. "Friday I'm in Love" - The Cure
Definitely put the Cure in that grouping of "bands that I like, but if you like them, you like them more than I do." Actually, I'm not even sure that works. If I have 15,674 songs in my iTunes and not a single track by the Cure, I can't like them too much. This song gets old pretty quick.
6. "Shut Your Eyes" - Snow Patrol
Dare I say that I kinda, sorta like this tune? Most Snow Patrol songs have one of those soaring, predictable choruses but this one avoids that trap. It's actually understated and there's some tension simmering underneath. I'd better stop now.
7. "Reptile" - The Church
Also known as "the Church song you might hear on the radio that isn't 'Under the Milky Way.'"
8. "Runaround" - Blues Traveler
If you're a really portly dude, that's often going to be one of your defining characteristics. So if you suddenly lose a ton of weight, you lose your identity and gain a new one. So John Popper has gone from being "fat man who plays a mean harmonica" to "crazed gun nut who plays a mean harmonica." Not sure that's a good tradeoff.
9. "What It's Like" - Everlast
How many people can say they have songs on both the "Buzz Ballads" and "Jock Jams"? Um, I hope it's just one and that it's Erik Schrody aka Everlast, formerly of House of Pain. Otherwise this blurb is even more pointless than it already is.
10. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" - U2
This is every kind of awful you can imagine. It's so bad, I thought it was Filter until the DJ said it was U2. As for the original, do you think George, Paul or Ringo ever said to John: "You like to write songs about drugs. We get it, mate."
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