A Season of Songs, day 34: Lounge (Closing Time)

A Season of Songs is a type of Fun-A-Day project that I plan to do throughout this spring.  I’ll hit shuffle on the ol’ iPod and see what comes up.  I’ll then write a bit about that song, the band, the record, whatever.  Enjoy!

Our song for today is Modest Mouse’s “Lounge (Closing Time)” off their 1997 album “The Lonesome Crowded West”.

She was going with a cinematographer
Everyone knew that he was really a pornographer
They went down to the dance and grind
And everybody was feeling fine

Somehow I made it out of the 90’s without ever knowingly listening to Modest Mouse.  It wasn’t until I started dating Emma that I got exposed to “The Lonesome Crowded West”.  I believe she put “Shit Luck” on a mixtape for me.  I remember us listening to this album a lot when we would hang out at her place.  Over the years this album has continued to be a fairly constant presence in our relationship.  Who knows how many times this album has been played while driving the expanse that is the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  It’s a weird album – one that I can clearly understand why so many people do like it but also am surprised that so many other people are into it.

“Lounge (Closing Time)” is a song that starts off promising enough.  It’s got that really fun vocal delivery on the “And everybody was feeling fine” line. It comes in strong with great energy but then the song kinda drags out a bit too long.  Seriously – this song is 7 minutes long and there isn’t really any clear reason why.  Emma said “worst song on the record” when I said it was today’s song.  I’m not prepared to go that far.  It’s an enjoyable song but it certainly pales in comparison to other standouts on the record like “Teeth like God’s Shoeshine” and “Shit Luck”.

Despite really falling in love with many of the songs on this album, it never convinced me that I needed to hunt down any of their other records.  I think part of that was by the time I heard this record they had already signed to Epic and I would hear bits of these major labels releases on the radio or on minivan commercials.  Not bad songs, but nothing that seemed to capture the same type of feeling that “The Lonesome Crowded West” had.  Sometimes you can really fall in love with a record by a band and be content liking only that record and not needing to hear another thing by them.  I think that’s generally how I feel about Modest Mouse.


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