Interpol - Antics Poll

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i actually like this record more than turn on the bright lights. i realize what that says of me.

― mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Saturday, September 10, 2011 4:33 AM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

with you here man. his singing was never better. it's still stunning. and yes his lyrics are incredible. "When the cadaverous mob saves its doors for the dead man, you cannot leave." what a way to end an album.

pleasantly surprised that 'Not Even Jail' won this by a hair. but i love every song on here, it's a perfect record

flappy bird, Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:08 (two years ago) Permalink

"Not Even Jail" never really clicked with me, and includes some of the album's worst lyrical clunkers ("Feel the warmth of my sincerity", "You're making people's lives feel less private", "scaaaar tiss-SHUE"), while "Public Pervert" has gradually revealed itself to be one of my favs, so this result is a bit of a head-scratcher for me.

bernard snowy, Sunday, 11 June 2017 13:42 (two years ago) Permalink

also: I liked "A Time to Be So Small" better when I misheard the line "Rehearsing interaction, he wasn't even there" as "Nursing an erection..."

bernard snowy, Sunday, 11 June 2017 13:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I should also clarify that my elevation of "Public Pervert" is on purely musical grounds, and was contingent on training myself not to wince at the metaphor of the opening lines.

bernard snowy, Sunday, 11 June 2017 13:49 (two years ago) Permalink

lol I have always thought "nursing an erection" *was* the line

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 11 June 2017 13:56 (two years ago) Permalink

One last thought before I stop posting and go do some work in my parents' yard: I dunno if it's just the "Not Even Jail"/"What Jail Is Like" association suggesting itself to my brain, but this album has always seemed somehow of a piece with The Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen, at least thematically: substance abuse, gender and relationship power dynamics. The difference is that the Whigs have a theatrical side which I find wholly lacking in Interpol's music. Whether consciously or not, Paul Banks always seems to be writing/singing in 'his own voice' & never inhabits a character the way Greg Dulli does on "Fountain and Fairfax". I find the latter way more engaging and immediate: Let me drink! Let me taaaaallk!! is cathartic in a way no Interpol song has ever managed to be.

bernard snowy, Sunday, 11 June 2017 14:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Not Even Jail also has one of my favorite bizarre metaphors by PB: "I'm subtle like a lion's cage." it's bordering on English as a second language. Another example: "You let the face slap around the self."

flappy bird, Sunday, 11 June 2017 15:48 (two years ago) Permalink

is that really what he's singing in "Slow Hands"? christ, man

bernard snowy, Sunday, 11 June 2017 16:42 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah. it's great!!

flappy bird, Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:34 (two years ago) Permalink

I think a "is paul banks a good lyricist y/n" poll might be fun, have we done that before

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 12 June 2017 01:05 (two years ago) Permalink

The poll'll take us places, maybe to the beach

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 12 June 2017 01:11 (two years ago) Permalink

I watch the poll dance of the stars

flappy bird, Monday, 12 June 2017 01:17 (two years ago) Permalink

The answer is obviously no.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 12 June 2017 06:29 (two years ago) Permalink

not a poll but..

why is paul banks so loathed a a lyricist

piscesx, Monday, 12 June 2017 09:37 (two years ago) Permalink

I feel this thread missed a golden opportunity to title it "InterPoll - Antics"

octobeard, Monday, 12 June 2017 22:50 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

flappy bird, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:54 (one year ago) Permalink

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