So I've been checking out cds from the library--albums I own on tape--so I can rip them. And no, I don't feel bad about it. No one would whine if I was switching formats, cd to mp3, so why tape to mp3?
Anyway, not all the albums are as great as they where back in '94 or '95. But today I checked out Matthew Sweet's 100% Fun and baby it holds up. Every song is still awesome.
So in honor of my reuniting with this album I've already listened to approximately 1.5 billion times (although not really in over ten years, alas), I've set you up with clips to play while you take the Matthew Sweet Lyrical Challenge. Each line comes either from 100% Fun, John Donne's Holy Sonnets, or one of my posted plays. No fair peeking!
(Note: I used a random-number generator to arrange the questions. To eliminate blogger bias, you see.)
To poor me is allow'd
No ease; for long, yet vehement grief hath been
Th' effect and cause, the punishment and sin.
A distant splash.
Splashing, as of a large creature foundering.
And gluttonous Death will instantly unjoint
My body and soul, and I shall sleep a space
I am a little world made cunningly
Of elements, and an angelic sprite
We sail all day
We row all night
We sweat our blood
to make things right
course into the sea
But masculine fears?
On, none have we!
There’s a smog moon coming I can always feel it
The cartoon trees cannot conceal it
the sky is gray,
the fields post-harvest,
a few rocks;
Harvey sits on one
Thinking looks good but I don’t like the taste
A mind is a terrible thing to waste
I’ll take or leave
The room to breathe
The choice to leave you
I’ll throw away
A chance at greatness
Just to make this
Dream come into play