I Could Hear the Hearts Beating Us Down
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Yo La Tengo is murdering the world AND the classics.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:57 AM on July 14, 2015 [7 favorites]


Georgia Hubley should sing everything.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:59 AM on July 14, 2015 [8 favorites]


"I Could Hear The Hearts Beating Us Down" is such a good pun
posted by Greg Nog at 10:00 AM on July 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


Good lord, leave Bob Smith and his misery alone.
posted by humboldt32 at 10:00 AM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh my god are they putting out another Fakebook

Please tell me that they are putting out another Fakebook
posted by phooky at 10:01 AM on July 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


oh hey it's also the post title look at that
posted by Greg Nog at 10:01 AM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


So that's what "See your shoes and your spirits rise" means. They rise right up to your chin!
posted by Paul Slade at 10:02 AM on July 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


Fun video. Kind of a shame that Yo La Tengo has decided that "wistful" is now their primary emotion. They used to be so good and so weird.
posted by klangklangston at 10:04 AM on July 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


Now that I look at the new album I can see that it's explicitly another Fakebook. Oh my goodness. *shivers*
posted by phooky at 10:05 AM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Friday I'm in Love was always my least favourite Cure song (my dark little goth heart was outraged by it, my love for Robert Smith notwithstanding). This version is sweet because it sounds how this song should actually sound, ie all whimsical and that. Or maybe I'm just old now and my whimsy tolerance has increased...
posted by billiebee at 10:05 AM on July 14, 2015 [10 favorites]


Why is the worst Cure song the best Yo La Tengo song?
posted by lumpenprole at 10:09 AM on July 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


I get the sense that this is Yo La Tengo covering Belle and Sebastian covering The Cure.
posted by entropone at 10:10 AM on July 14, 2015 [12 favorites]


I might be biased, but this isn't as good as the Summer Sun tour when they would finish the encore by switching Ira to drums and Georgia would come up to the front and just murder Big Balls.
posted by carsonb at 10:10 AM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh my god. This video accurately depicts precisely how this song has always made me feel.
posted by crush-onastick at 10:25 AM on July 14, 2015


something something lipstick on a pig something
posted by pxe2000 at 10:25 AM on July 14, 2015


Just in case I'm not the last person on the internet to see it: Robert Smith's calendar
posted by Lame_username at 10:32 AM on July 14, 2015 [16 favorites]


Well, this colored a grey tuesday.


(My favourite YLT story is when they played here some 5 or 6 years ago, and decided to have a drink in the same small shopping mall I worked in. Thankfully I only knew after they left, because I'm sure I'd totally make a completely fool of myself. This one is the main reason I bought a guitar)
posted by lmfsilva at 10:36 AM on July 14, 2015


Friday I'm in Love was always my least favourite Cure song

There's always been PopCure as well as GothCure though, hasn't there? PopCure is Love Cats, Close To You and Friday I'm In Love. GothCure is Pornography and that whole strand of the band's career.

Personally, I love PopCure.

Also: Obligatory Yo La Tengo Speeding Motorcycle link (with Daniel Johnson).
posted by Paul Slade at 10:37 AM on July 14, 2015 [11 favorites]


I think I heard "that girl with the ponytail" perform this cover at the open mic night in 1999.
posted by French Fry at 10:40 AM on July 14, 2015


I like Yo La Tengo, but Dinosaur Jr. covered the Cure the best.
posted by Nevin at 10:40 AM on July 14, 2015 [17 favorites]


PopCure is Love Cats

You know you're right, and Love Cats is on my top ten favourite song list. One of my happiest days was playing it for my niece who was about 4 then and she loved it (because cats). I'm not sure why it makes me smile and FIIL makes me want to cry and not in the good angsty no one understands me way
posted by billiebee at 10:44 AM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Why is the worst Cure song the best Yo La Tengo song?

Because the worst Yo La Tengo is still the best
posted by chavenet at 10:46 AM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


In the realm of Cure covers: I know these guys but I think I would love this regardless.
posted by Shepherd at 10:50 AM on July 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


The only thing this video is missing is John Travolta walking into the middle of the circle of people there at the end and calling them a bunch of filthy man-animals.
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:54 AM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure why it makes me smile and FIIL makes me want to cry

Maybe it's because at no point in "Love Cats" does Robert Smith have an actual, literal SQUEE!! moment.
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:54 AM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


lumpenprole: "Why is the worst Cure song the best Yo La Tengo song?"

Wait, did Yo La Tengo cover "The Love Cats," too?
posted by Chrysostom at 10:55 AM on July 14, 2015


PopCure is also "Kyoto Song" and "In Between Days" and "Push." Or any song on that album.
posted by blucevalo at 10:56 AM on July 14, 2015


Where's Robert Pollard when you need him!?!
posted by Fizz at 11:01 AM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Mmmmmm, D-cells.
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:01 AM on July 14, 2015


I think it turned out a bit Magnetic Fields (a compliment!) but Merritt's love songs tend to be much more specific.
posted by muddgirl at 11:08 AM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


(SLYLTYT)
posted by parrishioner at 11:23 AM on July 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


I got the Cure version on a mixtape given to me by an on again, off again boyfriend who was allergic to the word love after a year of dating. It was a little weird.
posted by angrycat at 11:25 AM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Anyone who says this is the worst Cure song has obviously not listened to the Wild Mood Swings album.
posted by cell divide at 11:27 AM on July 14, 2015 [7 favorites]




In '92 when this song came out I was on uni exchange to Australia and had the clever idea to bike from Sydney to Brisbane. It was a great trip with the exception that I had "Friday I'm in Love" stuck in my head much of the time. On empty coastal roads I must have sung this song to myself a million times.

To me it will always be the soundtrack to the edge of insanity.
posted by GuyZero at 11:28 AM on July 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


wait is wearing oversized flannel back then
posted by likeatoaster at 11:35 AM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wait, did Yo La Tengo cover "The Love Cats," too?

No, but Tricky did.
posted by Candleman at 11:38 AM on July 14, 2015


That's not the northeast, is it? that's California sun! I'd know that anywhere! (um, right?)
posted by allthinky at 11:40 AM on July 14, 2015


Please tell me that they are putting out another Fakebook.

Introduced the teenaged me to Peter Stampfel, NRBQ, The Flamin' Groovies, and Gene Clark - one of those classic "records that lead to lots of other records".
posted by ryanshepard at 11:46 AM on July 14, 2015


Anyone who says this is the worst Cure song has obviously not listened to the Wild Mood Swings album.

There are no Cure albums after Wish, just like there is only one Matrix movie and George Lucas died just before deciding to include the "yub nub" song and scenes in ROTJ (that's right - erasing the prequels isn't enough for me, and I'm tempted to retcon ROTJ out of the canon entirely).
posted by The World Famous at 11:55 AM on July 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


Trivia: the little kid in this clip is the director of the Yo La Tengo video.
posted by Ian A.T. at 12:07 PM on July 14, 2015


Wait, did Yo La Tengo cover "The Love Cats," too?

No, but Tricky did .


So did Paul Anka.
posted by thecaddy at 12:22 PM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


There are no Cure albums after Wish

I'm not gonna try and talk you into seeing the good in WMS but come on, Bloodflowers
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:37 PM on July 14, 2015


PopCure is also "Kyoto Song" and "In Between Days" and "Push." Or any song on that album.

I love In Between Days too. It's got my favourite slow-build intro of any song in the world except this one. [Caution: not a Cure song.]
posted by Paul Slade at 12:51 PM on July 14, 2015


but come on, Bloodflowers

Bloodflowers is good, but it's a lot like the Rolling Stones' various albums that sound mostly like a really great band imitating the platonic ideal of a band that never actually existed.
posted by The World Famous at 1:07 PM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Hmmm. I really liked that cover. And I really liked the video. But I felt like each one of them was distracting me from the other, if that makes any sense.
posted by webmutant at 1:30 PM on July 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


The original song and this video both make me feel stupid.

I have never understood what the song is supposed to be about. Robert Smith says that he literally doesn't care about this person all week long, until Friday. Then he's in love, until Saturday when he goes back to not caring at all until the following Friday. It would make sense if he was saying, I didn't care about you until today, this Friday, but now I am in love. Or if he was saying, the rest of my week is gloom and apathy, but then I see you on Friday and everything is great. Or even if he was saying, while I enjoy my Fridays with you, the rest of the week I don't really care about you much. But he seems to be saying, I don't give a damn about you all week long, except for Fridays when I fall madly in love with you for 24 hours. WTF, Robert Smith?

As for this video, I liked it and it made sense to me except for two rather baffling parts. (Spoilers:) First, why is she collecting the Play-doh sculptures at the beginning? That seemed like it was going to become a thing, but then it was never a thing. And at the end, why are the post-apocalyptic survivors eating batteries? I'm assuming these batteries were kind of melting due to age so they'd become soft enough to chew, and the people were eating them to commit suicide. But I feel like I missed some part of the story, there. Why does the old guy draw a swirl on the ground, and then why does everybody eat the batteries? If he'd drawn a heart I could figure he was telling them there was no escape from the plague of falling hearts or that they were a heart-worshipping doomsday cult or something. But he just draws a circle/swirl. Huh? (While I'm at it, I could question what the lady's role was in the apocalypse, but for some reason I'm OK with the ambiguity of that. It's the Play-doh sculptures and the battery-eaters that bugged me.)

I have a feeling the answer to all these questions is because whimsy! But as should be painfully obvious by now, my whimsy is kind of broken.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 2:19 PM on July 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


The best slow-build intro of any song in the world is Dreams Never End by New Order. The best for any Cure song is To the Sky, although that one kinda fizzles out after the intro.
posted by snofoam at 2:23 PM on July 14, 2015


...my whimsy is kind of broken.
posted by Ursula Hitler


Eponysterical, All Time Grand Champion.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:51 PM on July 14, 2015 [8 favorites]


Tuesday, Wednesday, heart attack...
posted by 35minutes at 3:06 PM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


...my whimsy is kind of broken.
posted by Ursula Hitler

Eponysterical, All Time Grand Champion.


Eh? Knock yourself out, I guess. That was just my way of qualifying my remarks because I'm going through kind of a bad patch these days and it's probably done a number on my quirk tolerance.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:35 PM on July 14, 2015


I have never understood what the song is supposed to be about. Robert Smith says that he literally doesn't care about this person all week long, until Friday. Then he's in love, until Saturday when he goes back to not caring at all until the following Friday.

He's saying he's a selfish prick who just wants a convenient lover every Friday. He probably has other lovers lined up for the other days of the week, for whom he presumably wrote similar but slightly less catchy songs.
posted by The World Famous at 3:44 PM on July 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


I, uh, think it's about his feelings about life. It's the goth "Working For The Weekend"
posted by lumpenprole at 3:48 PM on July 14, 2015 [13 favorites]


FIIL is perfectly straightforward. It's about the anticipation of waiting to see somebody on a particular day of the week.

Thursday I don't care about you

He is directly addressing Thursday here. He doesn't care about Thursday.

Saturday wait

Here, again, he speaks to the day following Friday, entreating it to wait, because he does not want it to be Saturday too soon.

When we reach the bridge of the song, Friday has arrived. Robert describes the fun activities he and the object of his affections partake in: getting dressed up, smiling, dancing, eating.

This song is rooted in a tradtion of Fridolatrous songs that persists into the current era (cf. K. Perry, R. Black).
posted by prize bull octorok at 4:14 PM on July 14, 2015 [18 favorites]


Bob Pollard? Beer has rendered him immune to interstellar meat attack.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 4:23 PM on July 14, 2015


The Dinosaur Jr. cover is a great song, but the video is distilled essence of 120 Minutes at 2:18am.
posted by nev at 4:40 PM on July 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


It's not about days of the week at all. It's about seven women he knows, each of whom is named after a day of the week. He's in love with only one of them, and has varying degrees of contempt or indifference toward the other six. I can only assume he has a fairly torrid history with Thursday.
posted by The World Famous at 4:58 PM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


And poor Sunday...
posted by billiebee at 5:01 PM on July 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


Sunday's probably fine now that she's with someone else. He's just projecting his own issues.
posted by The World Famous at 5:16 PM on July 14, 2015


I thought for a second the bridge went

Just look to the skies -
It's a wonderful surprise!


Which doesn't make sense, but fits with this video nicely.
posted by naju at 6:03 PM on July 14, 2015


Most PopCure leaves me as cold as WinklessSmiths (I'm looking at you, How Soon Is Now.) The only PopCure canon that truly delights me is Close to Me. But this cover is lovely (and thanks for the link to Tricky's Love Cats, as this is yet more wonderful transmoggification.)

Bonus (near) Acapella Karen Carpenter, because.
posted by maudlin at 6:43 PM on July 14, 2015


...but, but, "How Soon Is Now?" is basically the single best song ever recorded.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:16 PM on July 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


Hmm. If he is indeed addressing the days of the week and for the most part the "you" doesn't refer to the person he loves on Friday, that does make a lot more sense. But it still seems like he is saying he is only in love on Friday. I get saying that the rest of the week can go to hell because Friday is the day he sees the person he loves. But if you say "it's Friday I'm in love," that makes it sound like the only day you're in love.

Now, about all this battery-eating business..?

If How Soon Is Now? isn't the single best song ever recorded, it's way up there. I'm not even a major Smiths fan, and that one slays me.

I'm not quite enough of a Cure fan to have a handle on this PopCure business, but I don't want to live in a world without Love Cats.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 7:50 PM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


I read the song as not being about love at all. It's about the fleeting and ephemeral nature of even the most intensely-felt emotions. I can certainly relate.
posted by naju at 8:03 PM on July 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


Kind of a shame that Yo La Tengo has decided that "wistful" is now their primary emotion.

Kind of the best thing ever, more like
posted by Quilford at 8:13 PM on July 14, 2015


FIIL is about being happy in the moment, which is a feeling well-suited to Fridays. Who cares if the rest of the week was or will be rubbish? It's Friday, and I'm in love. One of my favorite songs, despite (because of?) it playing every single Friday on the school bus radio when I was a kid. I'm always charmed when the moody types sing a happy, goofy song like that.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:32 PM on July 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


I think this video is riffing on that fleeting nature too. Georgia's walking around like a Zen master, finding neat little things and collecting them one by one. Meanwhile chaos is all around her, people violently falling in and out of love and it all ends disastrously. I like her attitude. Slow, steady, taking it one day at a time, taking pleasure in small things.
posted by naju at 8:50 PM on July 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is how I remember it...

Okay, so, I used to work at a TINY Italian restaurant in DC, pretty renowned among wine nerds as having a very affordable, deep but interesting list. A big time wine guy, in the trade, used to come in all the time, super nice guy, would always leave a little wine in the bottle for me to try- old 60's barolo, old 80's Pepe, I mean serious stuff. I worked there for 6 years...this was certainly acquaintance, but being his server for that long and so often...we had affection, familiarity...the way those relationships often work.

Flash to a couple years later, I'm working in another tiny Italian restaurant with a great wine list in Clinton Hill Brooklyn and I see a familiar name on the reservation list- It's him! Oh, cool, I'm taking this guy, I know him, stoked, love running into folks from DC and wine geeks of yore in general, etc.

He, and his party arrive and are seated and I walk up to the table and point myself at him to say "hey old pal!" and Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley are his dining companions.

Wait...what???

He says, " oh, gosh, Hi! It's been so long, how are you enjoying NY? I'm here hanging out with my brother- we try to get together more often, but we are both so busy..." and I have absolutely no idea what else he said because now I'm waiting on Ira and Georgia and wondering how I did not know this about Wine Guy before now and I have to change everything I think about this guy, just in subtle ways, but it's a lot and it's jarring and I'm not one to get starstruck...but FUCK THAT I'm totally starstruck but I think I'm playing it off and suddenly I come back to planet earth maybe two courses later and Ira is saying " and we were sitting at a table right next to him! Paul Newman is still so handsome, his eyes are really as beautiful as they say. I was just totally starstruck and he seemed like such a lovely man..."

And I looked him in the eye and said "you and me both. I waited on Paul Newman about ten years ago and he is not only gracious, but really, really handsome. How is your pasta?" And somehow managed not to tell him that I saw them play at Union Square with Cyndi Lauper in 1995(?) and it blew my mind...that I went to all their Hanukkah shows in jersey...like, honestly, most of them...every year, that I saw them play more than a hundred times between Boston and Philly and DC and NYC over the past 14 years and I had such admiration for their little trio of chaos and beauty and I was in love with his wife (who I could barely look at for fear of jumping into her lap) and....just managed to say, as they were leaving "you guys are, like, totally my favorite band and stuff..." Or something equally as awful...Oh, me.

I mean, that's my best memory of it, it's been 8 years, and another 15 shows (I live on the west cost now, it's tough!) and I even love their songs that aren't so great. Because they happened.

I adore Yo La Tengo. I admire them. I am grateful for their music, it's been the soundtrack of my life.

Oh, I have no desire to leave out dear, dear James McNew and the Dave's too, and can't wait to see them all together in November in SF.

On topic, I agree with the above poster who said they liked both the video and the cover,but together they were distracting to each other...

SLYTYLTFTW. Thanks for sharing!
posted by metasav at 9:08 PM on July 14, 2015 [11 favorites]


In Between Days is actually NewOrderCure.

True, to the extent that even Peter Hook's mother mistook In Between Days for New Order on hearing it on the radio. See also Love Song, which could be Vanishing Point.
posted by GeorgeBickham at 1:23 AM on July 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Surely it's obvious: 1992's FIIL is sung from the perspective of a ruthless Wall Street trader whose only relaxation comes from gobbling a fistful of MDMA at weekends. Just consider the evidence:

I don't care if Monday's Black
"I refuse to be cowed by recent stockmarket crashes like that of October 19, 1987 (colloquially known as Black Monday). I will press on regardless."

Tuesday, Wednesday, heart attack
"Yes, I have chosen a high stress job and, yes, I've seen many of my colleagues suffer the cardiac problems associated with that stress. But I am undaunted. Heart attacks? Pah!"

Thursday never looking back
"My eyes are fixed firmly on the future. Retrospection's for wimps."

It's Friday, I'm in love!
"God this is such a great song! I love EVERYBODY! Accceeeeiiiiddd!!"
posted by Paul Slade at 4:27 AM on July 15, 2015 [6 favorites]


"Tuesday, Wednesday, heart attack"
I've always heard a Northern English pun with "hard to take" here.
posted by cardboard at 6:49 AM on July 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


Catch is my favorite song by The Cure.
posted by hush at 9:57 AM on July 15, 2015


While it might not be the best Cure song, FIIL was responsible for one of my favorite concert moments ever. I saw the Cure in Chicago at the Rosemont (or whatever the minor league hockey arena is called) for the tour for the album after Wish (whatever that was called, it was bad, and they played about two or three songs from it, and the crowd reaction was very clearly a "waiting until you play good things, thankyouverymuch").

I went to the concert alone, and if I recall, it was because I'd just moved to the area that year, and didn't really know anyone all that well enough to go with them. The concert was pretty amazing, and was long, maybe three hours. They played tons of songs, multiple encores, but when they played FIIL, everyone sang along. It was a sold out show, which I think means there were over ten thousand people, all singing along. You could feel then singing more than hear it. It was a great "part of something" moment, and something I'll never forget, even if there are better songs in their arsenal.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:10 PM on July 15, 2015


See also Love Song, which could be Vanishing Point.

Wow. I'm not hearing that at all. Dream Attack is closer, but still not that close - it certainly has more of a Cure feel than other NewOrder songs.

On the other hand, All The Way is totally Just Like Heaven.
posted by The World Famous at 7:39 PM on July 15, 2015


Sorry, Dead Souls is the best slow build intro ever. 2:11 worth.
posted by blucevalo at 7:47 AM on July 16, 2015


Several of you are now dead to me, FYI.

This is my favorite Friday I'm in Love graphical representation.
posted by phearlez at 9:28 AM on July 16, 2015


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