Chris: Alright, we are talking Come back Jonee in 3. 2. 1. Now!
Jon: Let me say that the end of slap your mammy sets this up really well, first off. Whole album, insanely good with transitions.
Chris: Yeah absolutely. Continuing the sequencing streak.
Jon: Also this beat kinda prefigures Whip It.
Chris: Ha yeah you’re right.
Jon: Manic western vibes.
Chris: It’s got a lot of swing. Very dancable. You bop to this.
Jon: You’ve seen the video for this one right? The boys going apeshit in cowboy outfits at like, a bowling alley?
Chris: Haha yep. With a big crowd.
Jon: I also love the peppy tone and sad lyrics. like the crashing into a semi part. Also lol @ the datsun namecheck.
Chris: Yeahhhh. The lyrics are a bit of a departure for this album, since they’re telling a story.
Jon: True! More narrative, less doctrine.
Chris: Yeah, paint a weird, sad picture, and drop it in.
Jon: For some reason as a teenager I thought they were singing about a (coded) JFK ?
Chris: Haha. That’s incredible.
Jon: I don’t see many actual reasons for this. But I like it. r/FanTheories.
Chris: But isn’t that the core of JFK theories?
Jon: He made her cry / got killed on a roadway. “Her” being “all the ladies, who loved that suave man” Or, Jackie.
Jon: Idk. you can make anything work I guess. If you stretch.
Chris: Stop making me a believer! The ending of this song is so triumphant. You feel like dancing with joy haha.
Jon: Hell yeah. I’m not gonna lie, the last two songs of the album are my least fave for some reason.
Chris: But the lyrics are like, “fuck you, you’re dancing at death, you monster”
Jon: After all this straight-up excellence we get what feel like b-sides. Maybe that’s to let you down easy. Calm you down before you go back to your life.
Chris: Are you saying that come back jonee is more a b-side, or the two tracks following this one are b-side-y?
Jon: The next two songs.
Chris: Yeah, I’d agree.
Jon: Jonee is Grade A.
Chris: Yeah. Really fun tune that sneaks up on you.
Chris: It’s like it’s waiting for you to pay attention, but doesn’t care if you don’t.
Jon: Yeah I can see that. I feel like this album makes for surprisingly good background music if you don’t have the attention span to focus on it.
Jon: (Maybe we can blame Eno again for that, what with his Ambient music ethos and whatnot)
Chris: Haha yeah good point.
Jon: (or I’m just grasping at straws. grasp grasp)
Chris: But the point is well taken. The album works both in the background and paying attention. Which is not an easy feat.
Jon: Definitely not easy.
Chris: Kind of magic in a bottle.
Jon: Haha I hope our discussions of future albums don’t sound so sycophantic.
Chris: Hahaha. Yeah, we’re being real devo shills right now.
Jon: What jury would convict us though.
Chris: Exactly! A victimless crime!
Jon: Unimpeachable. Can’t impeach this album.
Chris: That you can’t.
Jon: It can erase tapes all it wants. Sleep with interns. No impeachment.
Chris: Lolol. Except lets impeach it a little bit on the next two songs.
Jon: Haha yes.
Jon: I feel more flippant than usual today. Blaming caffeine for my hacky tasteless jokes.
Chris: Then drink more coffee!
Jon: Feel free to edit as needed for wokeness.
Chris: I don’t think you’re crossing any lines. Says the straight white dude.
Jon: I feel like Jerry would tsk-tsk us for even worrying. Gotta get in the no-fucks mindzone for these reviews.
Chris: Haha oh yeah.
Jon: To honor them.
Chris: He’d roll his eyes and show his dick.
Jon: Jesus I TOLD you I saw it once, right? At central park?
Jon: His dick flopped out.
Chris: Yeah! Wtf.
Jon: Okay phew. Just checking. I wasn’t even mad. Extremely strong move for post-9⁄11 america. In 2004 we needed that.
Chris: Yeah, as you told it, it was at a show, and it “wardrobe malfunction”-ed? And he did an, “Oops, silly me,” look?
Jon: Yeah, their under-jumpsuit clothes weren’t adequate. But I have a feeling Jerry was like, “Welp, guess it’s dick time now,” once it happened. It was during the jump-up-and-down or jog-in-place choreography bits.
Chris: Right, right.
Jon: My friend Anthony remembers better than me. “It was POINTING,” he always exclaims. Dude was in a good place that night.
Chris: Haha. Half chubbing for the crowd.
Jon: I wonder if there was a backstage discussion afterward.
Jon: Mark: “Look… I do the Rugrats music now, man. C’mon.”
Chris: Haha. But it could be just as likely that the conversasation after was, “so…pizza?”
Jon: Haha truth. No way was that anywhere near their wildest or raunchiest show. Anyway wanna move on to sloppy?
Chris: Yeah, now that we’ve covered the ghost of Jerry’s dick, let’s move on.
Jon: (crosses self) amen.