"Good Morning, Captain" - Slint
Since I already have “H” planned out, I think I’m just going to have a little stretch of long, slow-burning songs here. Therefore, I’m going to use this delightful gem from Slint as my selection for “G”.
There’s a whole big, amazing story behind Slint, filled with all kinds of crazy things that come about when a band sorta does something but no one notices, and then gets all excited once they’ve moved on, and some probably apocryphal tales mixed in. I’m not going to get into any of that. I’m going to mention that I first heard this song at the end of the Kids soundtrack, and I could not let go of it. I had no idea who Slint was, because I hadn’t delved into indie rock and all of its roots in a real way yet. I also wasn’t aware that they were from Louisville, and therefore one of the few things I could be musically proud of having come from my home state. All I know is that I listened to this song a LOT, and it always creeped me out just the slightest bit, like horror movies that aren’t really about monsters or psycho murderers as they are about a general feeling of unease the entire time, and you almost start to look forward to the moment when the director finally has something jump out at you, because it will at least be a bit of catharsis to recover from. Well, for me, that catharsis comes around 6 minutes in, after he mutters “I’m sorry, I miss you”, and it finally starts to unfold and the deep growl of guitars and bass really roll in and smother you and the singer finally howls after you’ve only heard him almost monotonically chant for so long up to that point.
It finishes the Kids soundtrack, and the album/EP that it appears on, Spiderland, and rightfully so. I mean, what could come after that?