Nothing against dumb three-chord Punk—I happen to love that music—but this track is light-years beyond all that. When he first formed Lost Sounds with Rich Crook and former girlfriend Alicja Trout, Jay Reatard wanted their new band to sound like The Dwarves. It was up to Alicja to put Jay behind the keyboards and encourage his more experimental tendencies. She said in an interview:
One of the things that sparked my ideas was that I was sick of hearing and writing songs that were about the same kind of garage rock subject matter - about girls and guys and your sexual self esteem or something like that. I had a really apocalyptic view of the world and I think Jay does, too. We’re all a little bit mean spirited.
Or as Jay himself added, “You can only stick the microphone so far up your ass until it just gets boring.” They wanted to do something different, and boy did they ever.
I want to play this song so loud it’ll bruise the ears of all those Punk Purists writing their letters to Maximum RocknRoll, yelling “sellout!” at any band who doesn’t sound enough like Cro-Mags circa 1986. Fuck those guys. Punk isn’t about adhering to a rigid form. It’s about breaking free of whatever everyone else is doing.
And another thing: This track is included in the Blac Static retrospective, which is a great place to start if you’re new to Lost Sounds. Personally, it broke my heart a little when I bought this record. “Best Of” records are like a tombstone for a band. When you put out a retrospective, it means the glory days are over.