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At Your Mother’s House by Rachael & Vilray, chosen by Viktor
To be honest, I’m not bored that often these days. There’s a plethora of digital distractions I can indulge in if I somehow, by magic, run out of chores to do. My favorite pass time, listen to music, doesn’t bore me that easily either. Sometimes at work, I find myself needing to do mundane, boring copy-paste kind of labor. This can get me in a state of deep boredom, but then I stop myself and try to remember that this is nothing, n o t h i n g, not even on the same friggin planet compared to the boredom I’ve experienced at other jobs. Without further ado, here are the top three boring jobs I’ve survived:
- When I was 14 I did two weeks of work practice at a gas station which in reality meant that I came to the gas station early in the morning, said hello to the owners and then proceeded to stand in the tiny store for eight hours, doing almost nothing, before going home. Super boring!
- I did a couple of months at a meatpacking facility where I at the end of the line – lowest in rang – took up a plastic bag of meat and put it in a machine that sucked the air of the bag. The same movement all day and a thing a robot would be more efficient at. The highlight of the day was during lunch when I snuck into the toilet and played snake on my Nokia 3310. Yawn!
- I once did time at a subcontractor to Volvo. They built the front interior of the car. Skeleton fronts came in swinging from the roof hanging in chains and then went around the factory and got assembled piece by piece. I was – again – at the very bottom of the pecking order. In fact, the guy who held that position before me was put in charge of me! He seemed very happy about it. Anyways I was positioned at the end of the line, at “quality assurance”, and my task consisted of checking that four screws were tightened properly. It later came to my attention that the other workers shifted duties with each other to get some variation. Somehow me and my “boss” always stayed in the same position; dead last at the assembly line. I swear, on everything I hold dear, the clock was moving backward at that place. For real! Backward!
So when I find myself bored I try to remember those horrid places I’ve had to endure and immediately feel so very much happier about things. I’m in a way grateful for those boring jobs, especially that last one. For a lazy underachiever like myself that was the kick in the groin, I needed to pull myself together. If thinking of those boring times somehow doesn’t help I put on POLYSICS!
Punk is, of course, the cure for boredom. This is common knowledge. Everyone knows this. Noone does boredom fighting punk rock better than Japanese Nintendo-punks POLYSICS! Not only are they funny and catchy as hell but also utterly mad. Crazy. Looney! It is impossible to be bored when you listen to them, you can be a lot of things, but bored ain’t one of them. I’m so very excited about this weeks pick, it’s a song that begs to be shared! The song is called Weeeeeeeeee!!! and it’s fantastic! It’s named that way for a good reason. The mouth organ that follows that weeeeeeeeeeeee cracks me up every time, so, so very funny!
Music is life and it’s a great weapon in the fight against boredom and if you find yourself low on ammunition, give POLYSICS a spin or two!
I dare you!
Try, just try to keep a frown on your face as your listening to At Your Mother’s House. At Least I can’t do it. This tune puts me in a good mood no matter what. It’s of course very nostalgic in all ways a tune can be nostalgic; genre, arrangement, subject matter heck the latter is even nostalgic on two levels, but nevertheless, listening to it, your attention is focused on the experience here and now as you listen. It is somehow defiantly very much of the moment. Not in terms of current affairs but as an experience.
Rachael & Vilray made an amazing little nugget of an album that sailed under my radar last autumn. Rachael’s Singing is very stylized but she gets away with it scotch free due to the abundance of charm and charisma she brings to the table. A lot more subtle but still the stand out for me of both this track as well as the record as a whole is Vilray’s low-key brilliant guitar work. Almost entirely consisting of soft staccato chord strumming, it really impresses me. I can’t get enough of this record and specifically this tune is incredibly entertaining in the most traditional sense of the word. I can’t be bored for a single moment of it’s 3:20 run time.
… and for our next task, we will find a tune that…
…isn’t suitable for children.
In Sweden children still get to go to schools, for now. Of course we never know how long that is going to last with the pandemic looming over us. Better listen to all those grown up subject matter tunes while we still can. Who know any day now Roobin might be stuck at home with the kids like the rest of the world.
See you in two weeks days!