the Salt & Pepper Diner Essential Songs o’ the Day for 8/19

I remain deeply ensconced in a ’90s alternapop rabbit hole and I’m loving it. Couldn’t choose just one song to go with today, so we’re getting two bangers. You’re welcome!

First up, I’ll admit this one’s a bit repetitive. And the video doesn’t do much for me. But given this whole conceit is based on a bit about playing the same song 21 times in a row, we’ll forgive its flaws and just listen joyfully without watching the video.

Way back when dinosaurs ruled the earth, I saw They Might Be Giants in a smallish venue on their first full-band tour (they were awesome – I mean, just look at that set list). The opening act was Frank Black, who strolled out by himself with an acoustic guitar and just laid down some great songs. The curse of the opening slot, no one seemed to notice that the front man of the freaking Pixies (!) was slaying it. Damn. This beauty was one of the ones he played. It might not be everyone’s taste but I like the goofy video, too. Enjoy.

They Might Be Coffee Drinkers

I’m a long-time fan of indie rock nerd gods They Might Be Giants. Most people know them for seminal albums like 1990’s Flood and for the earwig Boss of Me which served as the theme song for the late sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. They have a long and diverse catalog and continue putting out new material after 38 years together. They will always hold a special place in our family for their children’s album No!, which was the soundtrack for many a car trip when our kids were young and squirmy.

TMBG recently uploaded to the youtubes a compilation “Songs About Coffee.” 18 minutes of short tunes about everyone’s favorite brown beverage. No info behind it but you might be able to match up some of what you hear to this page from their wiki.