As a die-hard Oasis fan, it was never easy for me to admit how much I loved “Song 2.” I do not understand band rivalries, but in the Oasis-Blur feud of the 1990s I was obviously and enthusiastically Team Oasis. So fuck Blur.
But this song! It’s the only Blur song I can name. From what I understand, it’s not typical of much of their music, and it supposedly was meant to be a sort of parody of grunge. It’s a pretty good one, if that is the case, from the raunchy sounds to the screaming lyrics to the spare video that is somewhat reminiscent of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
“Song 2” stands up extraordinarily well after nearly two decades. It’s angry and confused and ends too soon, just like so many of us.
Well, I feel heavy metal
And I’m pins and I’m needles
Well, I lie and I’m easy
All of the time
And I’m never sure
Why I need you
Pleased to meet ya!
Fuck me hard, those lyrics rock my balls off! My favorite lyrics, probably just because of the lackadaisical way Damon Albarn sings them, are:
I got my head done
When I was young
It’s not my problem
It’s not my problem!
That last It’s not my problem! really gets me. So furious and without fucks to give. That’s some fucking rock and roll shit right there.
Excuse me while I listen to “Song 2” for the next 8 hours.