TunesDay: the divine stupidity of Dick Valentine

The serious bands get all the respect. All the critical acclaim. All the love from all the right people. Which is probably as it should be.

But for every Beatles there’s at least one or two Rolling Stones, bands that aren’t terribly respectable and that clearly aren’t worried about cultivating an intellectual legacy. Sometimes you even get a little Beatles and a little Stones in the same band. In an interview years ago with the members of YNOT?! I raised the question of lyrical subject matter. Front man Paul Lewis handled all the words, and he brought a serious social consciousness to the process. But drummer Steve Miller said “I don’t know why we can’t just do songs about getting drunk and getting laid.”

So there you have it. Girls just want to have fun, and the same is true for some of the boys, too. (More…)

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