Monday, January 12, 2004

"Hot Metal Dobermans" by Brainiac, the leadoff track on 1994's Bonsai Superstar. A perfect encapsulation of their spastic rockmaroll - this particular song takes the chord progression from the Cars' "My Best Friend's Girl" and twists it 180 degrees, throwing in a high-pitched, sing-songy white R&B chorus and theremin/keyboard squiggles to boot. Also of note is the late Timmy Taylor's penchant for inspired Dadaist lyrics; you have to love a song that includes the line "silence! That's what my girlfriend says, when she's kicking out the teeth of some guy who thinks he's president."

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