Written on Apr, 29, 2020by iwano@_84 | No Comments
Car Seat Headrest’s Making A Door Less Open is out next week, and the band is back today to stoke your excitement with a fourth advance single. Thus far, Will Toledo’s first collection of new original songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial has yielded “Can’t Cool Me Down,” “Martin,” and the contentious “Hollywood,” a song I’ve been told is bad but can confirm is, in fact, good. All of them are good. Spoiler alert: The whole album is good! But we’ll have more to say on that later. In the meantime, here is one more good song to pique your interest.
Today’s new Car Seat Headrest track is called “There Must Be More Than Blood.” On MADLO, it’s a seven-minute sprawl incorporated the newfangled production and arrangements the band incorporated this time around. But its release is accompanied by a video in which Toledo performs the song acoustically in character as Trait, the album’s protagonist, who was wearing a mask before it was cool. The chorus: “There must be more than blood that holds us together/ There must be more than wind that takes us away/ There must be more than tears when they pull back the curtain/ There must be more than fear.”
Check out the studio and acoustic versions of “There Must Be More Than Love” below.
Making A Door Less Open is out 5/1 on Matador. Pre-order it here.
Written on Apr, 15, 2020by iwano@_84 | No Comments
1970 song by The Ides of March
“Vehicle” is a song recorded by American rock band The Ides of March for their debut studio album of the same name (1970). The song was released as the lead single from the album in March 1970 through Warner Bros. Records. It was written by vocalist and frontman Jim Peterik about a girl that often used him for his mode of transportation, leading Peterik to surmise that he was little more than her “vehicle”. The song has a distinctive horn section riff, often mistaken for the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, who were also popular in that era.
“Vehicle” was a commercial success, and was purported to be the fastest-selling single in the history of Warner Bros. at that time. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while reaching the top five in Canada and top 30 in the United Kingdom. Despite this, the Ides of March never had another hit single, leaving them one-hit wonders.
A Plymouth Valiant convertible from the early 1960s.
Peterik wrote “Vehicle” as a tongue-in-cheek joke, having been initially inspired by anti-drug pamphlets passed out to high-schoolers. He expanded on the song’s genesis in a piece for The Wall Street Journal:
At the time, I was madly in love with this girl named Karen. I had a souped-up 1964 Plymouth Valiant, and she was always asking for rides. I drove her to modeling school every week. I was hoping flames would ignite—but they didn’t. I came home one day, dejected, and thought: all I am is her vehicle. And I thought: Wow! Vehicle! I came up with this song, taught it to the band, and the next thing I knew, we were recording in a CBS studio.
Peterik had an on-again/off-again relationship with the woman after the song came out, but they eventually wed.
Fourteen seconds of the completed “Vehicle” master tape (primarily the guitar solo) was accidentally erased in the recording studio. The missing section was spliced in from a previously discarded take.
I remember that kind of feeling of experimentation. I also remember 14 seconds of the master of “Vehicle” being erased! We were doing background vocals and suddenly 14 seconds were gone from the master. No way to retrieve it. The second engineer had hit the wrong button. We spent two hours thinking our career is over, because at this time we knew we had something. Luckily, there was a Take One. They inserted 14 seconds of Take One and I redid the vocals. And now I hear it every time. From the second “Great God in heaven” all the way up to the guitar solo—-when you hear how abrupt that first note of the solo sounds, that’s an edit.
It rose to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of May 23, 1970, behind “American Woman” by the Guess