Thursday, May 31, 2018

Maybe It's Better That Way


I've posted Eddie & The Hot Rods "Do Anything You Wanna Do" before but playing along with it the other day and learning the chord structure I was struck once again by what a beautiful pop song it is-one of the best of its era along with  Wire's "Outdoor Miner" and The Undertones "Teenage Kicks". I love the ascending descending chord structure and the bridge to the chorus. It's those details that really make it, not forgetting the hand claps. I had a friend who complained about the drummer's fills, but they're perfect in their own way too, sloppy maybe but that's part of the charm-youthful enthusiasm.  It's better that way! This ain't Steely Dan fer crying out loud.

Here's the chords.
Opening -E A F#m
Verse-  B E A- B E- F#m Abm A B- A Abm F#m E
Bridge to Chorus-- A B E -A B E -F#m Abm A B- A Abm F#m E
Chorus- E A F#m

The lyrics are the kind that almost write themselves, but THE great line (and inflection in the vocal) is during the ascending chords where Barrie Masters sings "You'll get so lonely....maybe it's better that way".  At the risk of sounding corny, the fucking pathos in that line and its delivery is beautiful! It's way up there on the big POP mountain with Big Star's immortal- "I loved you, well, never mind". 

The song never gets old, gives me chills every time I hear it. A perfect pop song!

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