Public transportation is for jerks and lesbians." Now, Homer Simpson has said many a true thing in his day, but he clearly was not as lucky as guys like Paul Westerberg, who were hooking up with girls on the defining symbol of American public transportation, the bus. Another reason Westerberg is the man! On the contrary, Michael Stipe watched his significant other leave town on the bus. Ah, who knew that lumbering, rectangular chariot of the people could create romantic rollercoasters? The bus is relevant in the first two songs of this week's six pack; it has nothing to do with the other 4 killer songs.
The Replacements -- Kiss Me On The Bus from Tim :: Westerberg's song of teenage love and rejection gives me thoughts of a long lost High Fidelity scene. Ya know, at the beginning where Rob Gordon makes out with a girl on the bleachers then she's making out with someone else later. This bus scene woulda fit nicely somewhere here. Although not applicable to the aforementioned scene, I can't help it:: "Charlie, you fucking bitch, let's work it out."
[Buy The Replacements here]
REM -- (Don't Go Back To) Rockville from The Best of the IRS Years :: Hey, I love the country of this song. Some of my favorite REM is when they're not doing the typical REM thing (but I still like that too).
[Buy REM here]
HEM -- South Central Rain from No Word from Tom :: Hey, it's only appropriate that a band named HEM would cover a song by REM. Besides, Sally Ellyson's lead vocals sound great.
[Buy HEM here]
Spoon -- My Little Japanese Cigarette Case from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga :: Man, talk about some catchy shit, this is it. In fact, the new Spoon album, which dropped last Tuesday, is bursting with catchy hooks. In other words, Spoon being Spoon.
[Buy Spoon here]
Centro-matic -- Strahan Has Corralled The Freaks from Love You Just The Same :: Love this song, particularly the contrast created by the crunchy guitars paired with the strings. Also can't get enough of the sha la la las....
[Buy Centro-matic here]
Dinosaur Jr -- They Always Come from Bug :: This is the hard chaser after the 5 previous beers (we'll go with whiskey). I'm not usually one to get off on drumming, but Murph's drumming is hypnotic on this song, especially in the beginning. I don't know if this is even considered "good" drumming technically speaking, but damn it reeled me in.
[Buy Dino Jr here]