[Odds and Ends] JFK Is the Reason

22 Nov

Forty-six years ago today, JFK was shot to death in Dallas, Texas, presumably by Lee Harvey Oswald. Unless of course you believe Oliver Stone, or your sketchy retired neighbor who has told you in confidence on several occasions that he was in fact the gunman on the grassy knoll.

Texas Is the Reason’s 1996 magnum opus Do You Know Who You Are? (yes, I’m fully aware that their discography is rather limited) dwells on the conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s death, if only in that there are song titles like “The Magic Bullet Theory” and “Back and to the Left.” Beyond these allusions, there’s a lot of fantastic second wave emo to revel in. I mean, of records from this era, I like Mineral’s The Power of Failing better, and I’m gonna let it finish, but “Back and to the Left” is one of the best songs OF ALL TIME. Kicks like an angry horse that had its hay soaked in pepper sauce, drank a couple cases’ worth of energy beverage out of its trough, and oh yeah, the barn’s on fire.

I think that’s PETA on the line. I should probably go now. But I mean, if they can go after Barack over a fly, I should be able to get away with a metaphorical statement that happens to involve a horse to describe a song, right? Right? [If you need me, I’ll be in hiding]

Texas Is the Reason – Back and to the Left

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(I figured that posting a Dead Kennedys song would have been a super cop-out. I mean, if I wanted to go down that road, I could have posted Franz Nicolay’s “Jeff Penalty,” a song about the band named after JFK and RFK. But that would have been a bit of a stretch.)

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