#1 By: Cory Doctorow, September 13th, 2013 14:57
#2 By: Jason Andresen, September 13th, 2013 15:09
So what is Blister in the Sun about then? It's like drug reference, big hands, stained sheets, crying girlfriend, drugs drugs drugs.
#3 By: Edwin Gore, September 13th, 2013 15:30
I am going to go with the answer that Amanda Palmer gives when asked about Coin Operated Boy - "It's a song about being lonely".
#4 By: Old, September 13th, 2013 15:38
I always assumed that Mark Ritchie played a fretless bass, but that looks like some sort of mariachi equipment. Anybody have any insights as to what he usually plays or what's in the video?
#5 By: Joe Buck, September 13th, 2013 15:44
A wet dream isn't the same as masturbation.
#6 By: Jeff, September 13th, 2013 15:48
Any word on the meaning of "Turning Japanese"?
#7 By: kpkpkp, September 13th, 2013 15:49
#8 By: Jorpho, September 13th, 2013 15:55
You mean it's not an ode to Big Hans, the Polish bodybuilder?
#9 By: Chris Pimlott, September 13th, 2013 15:55
Now the band has settled its differences enough to play together again, with Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione filling in for original Femme Victor DeLorenzo, who quit the group in 1993.
That's leaving out a bit... DeLorenzo was part of the reunited lineup that played Coachella, as well as two dates afterwards, then abruptly leaving in acrimonious split after the Milwaukee Summerfest date.
#10 By: sckinjctn, September 13th, 2013 15:59
Wow, old age has slowed them down.
#11 By: Jason Andresen, September 13th, 2013 16:00
If he ever got really badly sunburnt at some point that might actually work as a theory.
#12 By: Sean, September 13th, 2013 16:07
I read thirtieth as thirteenth, and for a brief, shining moment, I felt less old. Then, reality.
#13 By: Acer Platanoides , September 13th, 2013 16:13
Funny that, since Vig is their new drummer.
Edit: Oh, i see this was said already.
#14 By: Noah Django Gross, September 13th, 2013 16:39
I always assumed it was about shooting drugs.
I think this tape was in my backpack every single day of my high school career.
#15 By: Edwin Gore, September 13th, 2013 16:58
Still funny though, because I had not been aware of it when I posted.
#16 By: agonist, September 13th, 2013 17:03
How people interpret song lyrics often says a lot about them.
I always thought Blister in the Sun was a slice of life and not about anything in particular. Maybe I wasn't masturbating enough back then, but I'm pretty sure I was.
#17 By: knoxblox, September 13th, 2013 17:16
I always got the drug reference, but I figured it was a surface analogy to something deeper. My early, pre-commonplace-internet assumption was that it was about the cruising lifestyle, and the strain of deciding whether to come out or not. You know, like he was ready to lose his mind.
Or issues/people in their lives. I have a brother who I've always had strong proof has been struggling with the cognitive dissonance of being conservative Republican and a closeted homosexual, if not at least bisexual. I've been waiting for that blister to pop for years, and certainly hope it won't involve guns.
#18 By: Harvey, September 13th, 2013 21:44
That's what I was thinking. I saw them in 1996. Not being a fan, I wouldn't recognize them today, and if I didn't know that this video is of them, I would've thought it was a bad cover band.
#19 By: sckinjctn, September 13th, 2013 22:15
I saw them in 1992 or 1993, before Victor left, in Albert Hall in London. It was amazing. That video of those guys? Not so much.
#20 By: Mister44, September 14th, 2013 01:21
I really like several of their songs. "Color Me Once" on The Crow soundtrack is one. But I think my absolute favorite is "Country Death Song". Unlike "Blister in the Sun" there is no confusion as to what the lyrics are about. This video was done by a fan.
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