Sunday, November 23, 2008

Song Of The Week: "Drink And Be Merry" (Amebix)

Yesterday I celebrated (suffered) another birthday. There are a rare few out there who still meet this annual aging rite with an unending, childlike enthusiasm, even after they've reached the big 3-o and beyond. I can't say I'm one of them, exactly. For me these days, the B-day is a pretty bitter-sweet affair, and for the Song Of The Week I've chosen a crusty ditty that's as emotionally ambivalent as I am about seeing another year pass. With "Drink And Be Merry," Amebix takes us on a guided tour through a stench-filled, post-nuclear planet Earth. A priest vomits blood, and the last survivors of the holocaust are cannibalizing the dead rotting carcasses that lay strewn about. And the point of this? Carpe diem, baby! Leave it up to The Amebix to take a potentially uplifting theme, and turn it into a total Dante-esque nightmare. Needless to say, I love Amebix, and I love this song. And yes, yesterday I drank (a bit too much) and was merry, but today we did not die. Shall we wait to see what tomorrow'll be like, or shall we crack open another bottle?

"Drink And Be Merry"


4 comments:

beastiebeast said...

awww, happy birthday! as a special prize from the universe (for your birthday? or perhaps for mine, since it's actually closer to my birthday, but either way)... a great excuse for a january roadtrip:

http://www.amebix.net/tour.htm

Batguano said...

Thanks for the B-day wish, Beastie. Yep, I think a little road trip may be in order!

7inchcrust said...

happy birthday and cheers
i have this mood too when this day come and its stronger and stronger as the years passing by. and(another) bottle is always the key.

Batguano said...

Cheers back to you Mr. Crust. Trust me, I drank enough bottles for both of us!