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Friday, February 25, 2005
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The Futureheads "Decent Days and Nights (Phones Bad Acid Remix)"

The Futureheads are playing a couple blocks down from my apartment tonight. I probably won’t be going; I blew this week’s funtime bucks on the new Crooked Fingers record (five dollars extra for the vinyl, so I could get to hear an inferior remake of an old hit and one new one that’s the worst CF song since “Red Devil Dawn”). Both Jerkwater / SA and myself dig the Futureheads album, and they seem like the sort of band that could be better live than on record, so I was sort of looking forward to seeing them. No dice, unfortunately.

But so, earlier today Hillary emailed me this remix of the Futureheads’ “Decent Days and Nights”. I don’t know a damn thing about who made this abomination, but it’s actually pretty good. It took a few listens to get past the Shamenism of it all, but I quickly learned to not just accept, but actively appreciate, the cheeseball technostrosity. . Of course they dump that pretty awesome riff after the chorus, but some sacrifices have to be made when turning perfectly good rock songs into reasonably acceptable dance malarkey. The preremix remains unscathed, though, and more prone to get my ass a-shaking. So neither an improvement, nor a bastardization, this remix whatchamacallit exists as something separate and removed from the superior original, kind of like the Jumble Crossword that momentarily distracts me from the roving hell that is the MBTA.

Rebuttal, Hillary?
 
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