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Holy Triumvirate: The songs like that edition

By 31.Oct.0819 Comments

You know the songs I’m talking about. The songs with that sort of repetitive nature. I will show you my list and then you’ll know:

1. Eyes Like Sparks
2. Folk Star
3. Be Bad For Me

Also up for consideration but ultimately dismissed Jingle, 5:05, Seein’ Her, and Makin’ Me Go.


I am the queen of the underground, a bad ungrateful bunny.


  • the bub says:

    Repetive is a good thing.

  • Placemat says:

    Speaking of Folk Star…

    I’m not a big fan of Folker. That record has been shelved for a while now.

    Yesterday, I found a scratched copy under my car seat, & thru it in just to see if it would play. Turns out, despite looking like a jig-saw puzzle it plays fine. It’s burned backwards so Folk Star kicks thing off, & damn if that tune doesn’t rock.

    The lyrics are still a little suspect, but when Paul starts screaming “I’M A FOLK STAR, NOW” it’s all good.

    Gun Shy is also the shit.

  • Jay says:

    i love folk star. its been said it’s jack white slam.

  • Jake says:

    I like folker but my favorite off that cd is lookin up in heaven and what about mine?

  • Some Guy says:

    Outta My System
    Ain’t Done Much
    High Time

    I’m not a big fan of Folker either. I like a lot of the songs individually, but there’s something too flat and even about the whole album that makes it a little dry.

  • Jake says:

    I think it has a lot to do with it being the end of that inspiration burst westerberg had. So we got some bad songs with some great ones. I don’t think anyone can argue that stereo/mono is genius.

  • Andy Dick says:

    I’m willing to argue anytime that Folker is better than Stereo but will hedge the bet if you throw Mono in the discussion.

  • Jodi says:

    I would like to hear your opening arguments in the case of Folker v Stereo.

  • the bub says:

    Folker is like summertime and Stereo is like the fall.

  • Jodi says:

    But you operate under the assumption that everyone likes summer better than fall.

  • the bub says:

    No. Folker feels like summer to me, which is good. Stereo feels like the fall. They are different, but I love them both equally. They both have and will have their time and place.

  • Jodi says:

    See, Folker feels like fall to me. I think because it came out in like September and I listened to it a lot in the fall.

  • the bub says:

    Kind of like 49:00 is a great summer album.

  • Jake says:

    I have to say that stereo is better than folker. It seems more inspired. Westerberg seems to be tired by the time we get to folker. Not that it is a terrible album. But stereo is my favorite. They are different though i agree…..There are days when folker hits the spot.

  • Placemat says:

    I donno about Folker.

    I wish time away would have brought understanding, but I still don’t hear it. The songs just aren’t there for me.

    There’s a particular line, something like “I don’t wanna bug ya, I just wanna hug ya” … outch, I cringe every fuckin’ time.

  • Placemat says:

    Jake makes a good point about it being the end of a burst. Beer goggles help. 😉

    Seems like people more-or-less agree on what makes a great Mats record, but not so much when it comes to Paul’s records.

    Be interesting to see how people rank the solo releases.

  • the bub says:

    Good point. Next cage match should be ranking Paul’s solo records.

  • Some Guy says:

    The Stereo vs Folker debate got me curious so I pitted the songs against each other.

    1 Baby Learns To Crawl vs Jingle
    2 Dirt To Mud vs Now I Wonder
    3 Only Lie Worth Telling vs Positively My Dad On 4th Street
    4 Got You Down vs Looking Up In Heaven
    5 No Place For You vs Anyway’s All Right
    6 Boring Enormous vs $100 Groom
    7 Nothing To No One vs 23 Years Ago
    8 We May Be The One vs As Far As I Know
    9 Don’t Want Never vs What About Mine?
    10 Mr. Rabbit vs How Can You Like Him?
    11 Let The Bad Times Roll vs New Life
    12 Call That Gone? vs Gun Shy
    13 Postcards From Paradise vs Folk Star

    1 Stereo
    2 Stereo
    3 Stereo
    4 Stereo
    5 Stereo
    6 Folker
    7 Stereo
    8 DRAW
    9 Stereo
    10 Stereo
    11 Stereo
    12 Folker
    13 Folker

    I’ve got Stereo winning 9-3.

  • Headphones says:

    I agree with Some Guy on all points except on Postcards vs Folk Star.

    Postcards from Paradise is one of my all-time favorite PW tunes. It sounds more like it should be on Mono than on Stereo.

    As for the original post, Eyes like Sparks has THE best riff on Mono.