I hope you guys got “Hotel California” out of your system, but in case you didn’t, here’s Marah’s “Round-Eye Blues”, from their wonderful Kids in Philly album, to help.
That is such a brilliant mash-up of alt-country/roots rock (Steve Earle helped with the album), Springsteen sentiment and R&B references. Not to mention the Phil Specter tribute that wraps the song – that forty-second lead in is sublime. Topped with great lyrics about Vietnam, like this:
But late at night I could still hear the cries
Of three black guys I seen, take it in the face
I think about them, sweet Motown girls, they left behind
And the assholes that took their place