Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Song of the day

"New Feeling", by Talking Heads. Specifically, the version that appears at the very beginning of the double live album (now CD) "The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads". I like the way David Byrne's introductory words, "The name of this song is 'New Feeling' and that's what it's about", neatly sums up his tangled relationship with whimsy and irony. (It doesn't always work for everybody: I found "True Stories" nothing more than a steaming pile of unpleasantness.) There is also something endearing about the slightly unhinged way he sings "I feel like sitting down".