When it comes to throwing back on Thursday, nothing does it better than 90’s one-hit wonders. And nothing says “the 90’s” more to me than an alternative band that mixed melancholy nonsense lyrics, blues samples, and ultra-long song titles.
And so we come to Primitive Radio God‘s 1996 hit “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand”. A mellow drum beat and delicate acoustics open the track, before we hear B.B. King crying “I’ve been downhearted baby, ever since the day we met”. Singer Chris O’Connor lyrics manage to feel profound without having any clear meaning behind them; “Am I alive or thoughts that drift away / Does summer come for everyone / Can humans do as prophets say”. And the bridge is a piano solo – how beautiful is that?
So ride the wave and don’t ask where it goes, just listen to this song again, and if you feel so daring, check out the album PRG released last year (2016) – Manmade Sun. Yup, they are still out there, hopefully recording songs as awesome and enigmatic as “Standing Outside…”