Lost Songs: "Everything for Free"


I was scrolling through a list I made on Spotify of the music I listened to largely the year before and the year after my mission. I made this list early in my Spotify run thinking I would frequently be nostalgic. In fact, I've barely touched it since. But glancing over it, I felt like spending some time with K's Choice.

K's Choice is one of my favorite '90s bands but, like the Cranberries, say, not a band I listen to anymore. And since they're not on the radio, that means I just never hear them anymore. I suppose I may have heard "I'm an Addict" on a tv show or something, but it's literally been years since I've listened to K's Choice. Even more remarkably, they seem to have fallen out of rotation on the ol' internal jukebox.

My favorite K's Choice album is Cocoon Crash. And having spent the last two days reliving it, rightly so. While some of the lyrics are a bit inane ("Too many happy faces / I wonder what that means / Are you personally offended by an iron on your jeans / Too many happy faces / is that more than you can bear? / Or is it part of what you should be / Lack of hygiene in your hair"), overall these foreigners' use of English has a certain purity that I imagine is somewhat like reading Beckett in French.

The first K's Choice song I ever knew came on a Lilith Fair cd and in the point of view of a girl at a mental institution (I've never seen the video before):

I could write about every song on this album as something that matters too me and is a shame I haven't heard in ages, but I'm reacting against my Ronnie Milsap post---and "Everything for Free is emblematic of what's great about just about every song on this album.

Starts quiet and gets loud? Check.

Fun to sing in a car while speeding and the speakers about to explode? Check.

Emotionally resonant with perfectly balanced lines? Check.

Slightly insane? Skip the slightly and check!

In fact, "Everything for Free" being about insanity makes it all the better. These balanced lines can be interchanged and swapped around and the sense of barely holding onto sanity is only emphasized.

I thought putting this album on would get old quickly, but I haven't grown out of K's Choice. I hope I never will. Next up: their new album.

1 comment:

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    As it ends up, the internal was not difficult to refill with K's Choice. I've been singing a mix of songs from this album nonstop since this posted.