Lots of amazing songs that were forgotten by the hoards of middle value Triple J were captured by this amazing poll, and I was honored to ask to write a few words on a couple of songs that I voted for.
One of the songs was Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Seeing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tear up the stage with The John Spencer Blues Explosion at The Arena (RIP) was a fresh ecstatic punkrock blast- like seeing The Birthday Party destroy themselves for a set, or Iggy and the Stooges rip it up in praise of lust and life and energy and catharsis and confrontation and joy. Touring on the back of their first EP (self titled) the band introduced themselves with a Bang! Karen O was a powerhouse: riotous, raucus, ravashing. They played Maps and I remember my friends and I being close enough to her to see she had tears in her eyes. So did I. I held my boyfriends hand and we both fell in love with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
My friends started a band. The band got noticed. It got home town big, and then it got bigger. Suddenly the lyrics of this song meant so much more to me than they had previously. “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you…”
Eventually my boyfriend and I broke up. After many years of being my best friend, he started seeing someone else. Suddenly the lyrics of this song meant so much more to me than they had previously. “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you…”
It felt like I was going nowhere fast. I felt like I had been left behind.
Just recently two of my friends from the band got married. I was helping them set up the night before when this song came on the stereo. I looked over at my husband (yeah, the boyfriend/ex-boyfriend) and experienced a realisation: Maybe this song isn’t about being left behind, shouting at a closed door long after the person who left you in the room alone has gone; because it also works if you think about it in terms of leaping up from self-inflicted loathing and misery, thrusting open the door fully prepared to chase after the person you love - only to trip over them. Maybe it is about growing up and realising the people you love so strong have been waiting for you to come out so they can tell you, reassuringly ‘my kind’s your kind, I’ll stay the same’.
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