Aw, I like "Palo Alto." If only for that crazy mean guitar tone.
― Simon H., Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
OMG Melissa we can no longer be friends. Palo Alto is not just one of my favourite guitar tones but also contains some of my favourite Thommist lyrical images of all time - "in a beautiful bombshell I throw myself into my work!" but also the maniacal boredom with which he repeats that "I'm ok how are YOU!" line so that it almost sounds like a threat.
Also I love the artwork / packaging so so much and also the story of Thom and Stanley getting hold of an EMI marketing research questionnaire and ~customising~ it in their special way, I just love it as an object as well as the music on it.
Also Meeting In The Aisle is still my favourite RH song ever but we've been through this before.
How can you not like Palo Alto o_0
― White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
ya Palo Alto is p all time amazing
― I have one thing to say: "Roxanne Shanté" (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
I love Meeting in the Aisle, but Palo Alto is just annoyingly sing-songy in its melody. I know it's supposed to be, but it goes too far for me to be able to enjoy actually listening to it.
― Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ok fair enough, because that is exactly what I love about it. It's got this real nursery rhyme, playground chant aspect to the melody, especially of the choruses that really highlights and brings to the foreground the repetitive and almost nonsensical aspects of ritual interrogative conversation especially in a workplace environment.
It's also one of those songs that totally sounds like he was describing when he wad talking about getting thoughtworms/earworms (obviously he didn't use thoughtworm as a phrase but he totally described a thoughtworm) and then he said words to the effect of "yeah I get them stuck in my head until I put them in a song, then they're out of my head and into YOUR head hahahahahahaha" ::maniacal Thom giggles::
Also Jesus Christ the textures on that song, did Jonny mic up a malfunctioning radiotelescope or what?
― White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
I keep moving from city to city and I always find myself singing along Palo Alto in my first days in the place even tho I don't even have it in my ipod and I've only listened to it on the Meeting People dvd.
― Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink