Whose House Are You Haunting Tonight?

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An album I can really recommend is LA quartet OK Go‘s 2005 disc Oh No. It’s catchy, glammy rock with swagger and brains and decadence, recorded in Sweden and beautifully produced by Tore Johansson and the mighty Lindgård/Mopeds brothers. In addition to them kicking ass musically, the band’s lyrics (by Damian Kulash) are unusually poetic and literate. Dear Reader, I bring you the lyrics to the delicious “Oh Lately It’s So Quiet”, which are sung in a bedroom falsetto by the hugely talented Mr Kulash.

Oh Lately It’s So Quiet
By Damian Kulash of OK Go

Oh, lately it’s so quiet in this place
You’re not ’round every corner
Oh, lately it’s so quiet in this place
So darling if you’re not here haunting me
I’m wondering

Whose house are you haunting tonight?
Whose sheets you twist,
Whose face you kiss?
Whose house are you haunting tonight?

I don’t think much about you anymore
You’re not on every whisper
I don’t think much about you
But if you’re not lurking behind every curtain
I’m wondering

Whose house are you haunting tonight?
Whose name you hiss,
Who’s clenching fists?
Whose house are you haunting tonight?

Now whose house are you haunting tonight?
Who can’t resist,
Who’s crying,
“Whose house are you haunting tonight?”
Whose name you hiss,
Whose sheets you twist?
Whose house are you haunting tonight?

Update 12 December: I suddenly realised that this OK Go song is an obvious response, musically and lyrically, to the Cars’ 1984 hit “Drive”. “Who’s gonna drive you home tonight?” OK Go cite the Cars as a major influence alongside the Pixies.

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Comments

  1. #1 Jonathan Jarrett
    December 11, 2007

    Yup! Girlfriend has this album after seeing them once, it’s not at all bad.

  2. #2 Sávon
    December 11, 2007

    Recipe against a Broken Heart

    1 litre of water
    4 garlic cloves
    2 leaves of Salvia
    2 sprigs of Thyme
    3 tbls of olive oil
    Finegrated orange rind from 1 fruit
    3 eggyolks
    Let the water boil with everything in except the eggs. Let it simmer for 20 min, then whip the eggs and stir them down gently. Taste with salt and pepper.

    Fill the most beautyful glass you have, drink slowly and listen to “Raising Sand” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, especially nr 8. “Trampled Rose”. Of course nr 2. “Killing the Blues” also can help…

    http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Sand/dp/B000VQS6G8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5KF4dKq-6I

  3. #3 Martin R
    December 11, 2007

    The Plant & Krauss album is great! I’ve been listening to it a lot lately.