#513 ‘Comin’ Up From Behind’ by Marcy Playground (10 Sep)

Album: Cruel Intentions soundtrack, 1999

Justification: Why are there so few songs using two basses? It seems to make for a disproportionately large amount of awesome songs – ‘Kill Your Television’ by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, ‘Basstation’ by Girls Against Boys, ‘Primary’ by the Cure – and this, one of the most deliciously creepy songs to top my personal charts.

Ah, remember when Sarah Michelle Gellar was in films? Bless.

Marcy Playground were at the 14 minutes 55 second mark of their 15 minutes at this point: ‘Sex and Candy’ had been a big hit and they were about to enter the internal-disputes-and-contractual issues period which was to fatally hobble their career, but this slinky little number is one of the most gloriously economical pieces of music they ever wrote. Two sections, two basslines coiling around each other like pythons, a devil-may-care swing to the drums and John Wozniak’s double-tracked vocals sounding gloriously creepy and suggestive. Why it was pissed away on a teenage remake of Les Liaisons dangereuses baffles me to this day.

SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: Blur were making their presence felt with the mighty ‘There’s No Other Way’.


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