Thursday, 17 March 2011

SONG OF THE WEEK #3: The Auteurs - "Subculture"


I’d gladly give a Nobel Prize to anyone who could tell me complete lyrics to this song. From the parts I can discern, though (and, of course, this being Luke Haines), I can safely claim that the lyrics are characteristically spiteful, wicked, irresistible. 

“Subculture” appeared on The Auteurs’ classic debut record New Wave as a hidden track that followed the sad, melancholic “Home Again”. “Subculture” is a punkish, tuneful outburst that lasts a little more than two snotty minutes and gets the hell out. Truly there’s no resisting Haines’ sinister, strangely poetic vocal tone and lush, intense guitar playing. If this is your first time, I envy you. 

(Yes, there really is no limit to my admiration for this man.)




P.S. I'd like to thank David who kindly sent me this song's lyrics:


"I bought the album on vinyl and this song was on an extra 7" - I think I played it more than the LP. As for the lyrics, here's my take:


It's because you tried to be half a person
kept uneven parts in some rented house
and then tried to send them back
all to no fixed abode,
could not hail a taxi,
not for want of trying

and they can't find him
and they can't find him
and they can't find him
and they can't find him

Jesus, what a jerk,
how did I get into this?
Been cornered by some freak show
talking through the gloom of that tower
hide your christmas in some smoking shack
check it out, oracle horoscope for you

and they can't find him
and they can't find him
and they can't find him
and they can't find him

Need to see, subdivide, change your life,
I won't let it bring out the worst in me
and then I'll give it up, pack it up -
go on, you know you can do it,
five-year plan, go back to college

You can't find me
and they can't find me
and they can't find me
and they can't find me



I await the decision of the Nobel Committee."



3 comments:

  1. p sure the second verse is:

    Jesus, what a jerk,
    how did I get into this?
    Been cornered by some freak show
    talking through the gloom about
    Tarot,
    I Ching,
    Christmas in some smoking shack
    check it out, oracle, horoscope for you

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    1. Cheers man! This does make much more sense to me.

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  2. Agreed that this is one of the best Auteurs songs EVER!!!

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