the first time i heard this song, it sounded like a memory. the rolling guitar instantly made me feel like i was in a car when i was younger… when i had just gotten dumped by that girl. when i drove all night aimlessly after i found out my friend died in high school. when i crossed the desert on my move to los angeles. the words tell his story, but like any great song, it becomes your story and the words melt into the space around your memory til it sticks. oh, and i’m from nashville, so that helps. as does mead’s soul-crushing vocal delivery.
“are you gonna liberate us girls from male, white, corporate oppression?” -kim gordon, “kool thing”
as i sit around on my month off with some studio time coming up before i head out on tour again, i’ve been listening to some of my favorite music and realizing that my music sounds nothing like what i listened to growing up. or at least not the rock part. if i tried, it still wouldn’t sound this cool. this song is legendary for me, and i will listen to it til i die. pure chaos (with hooks all over) that makes me want to drive fast and smash my car into something. sometimes, aggression’s a good thing. and there’s chuck d, too. i had no idea until just this minute that the song was inspired by an argument with ll cool j (thanks, wiki). the “i don’t think so” from “going back to cali” and panther reference should have been a sign, but ll and sonic youth were two things i never would have associated. i saw sonic youth play in nyc twice one summer in the 90’s, and it annihilated me. when i first spun this track and heard kim speak the above-quoted line, i thought it was one of the hottest and most powerful things i’d ever heard. still makes me twitch.