We don’t have a car, and I never listen to the radio. We borrowed the former this morning to take our old G5 iMac in to get a RAM upgrade (it turns out the old girl has swollen capacitors–thanks, Apple!). I was listening to Victoria’s long-standing rock station, 100.3 the Q.
I heard the opening riff to Warren Zevon’s classic “Werewolves of London”. Sadly, the actual song was “All Summer Long”, an astonishingly awful song by Kid Rock. Here’s the video (Mr. Rock challenges Tom Petty for ugliest man in rock, eh?):
There’s nothing good about this song. It soullessly rips off not one but two classic rock tunes–Mr. Zevon is no doubt spinning in his grave. And the lyrics are just awful. Consider the start of the chorus:
And we were trying different things
We were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
They were both trying and smoke different and funny things? Man, that’s profound. It’s like somebody imbued GarageBand with a little artificial intelligence, and instructed it to compose a country-rock song.
Up to this point, I’ve managed to remain almost completely ignorant of Mr. Rock’s musical oeuvre. My critique may come as no surprise to those more familiar with his work.