It’s Tuesday so that means at ilisteniwatch.com, it’s Tunesday! Every Tuesday, we will share a song with you that we love and hope you will too.
Are you ready? I’m about to drop the cliched “recipe as description” convention on you. Take four English majors out of Columbus, OH, in the early 90s, equip them with instruments, douse them with youthful anti-establishment fervor, jam them into a beer bottle with a lot of sweat and also some beer, shake it up and spray it out onto the world and you’ve got !!DESTROY-OH-BOY!! from the New Bomb Turks, one of the finest rock-and-roll albums ever recorded. The Tunesday theme for February is “heart pumpers,” and this was the bottle hurled out of my mind’s heart-pumping rubble of Rural Alberta Advantage and Rage Against the Machine songs that smacked me square between the eyes.
It’s tough to move past obvious blood quickeners from the album like “Runnin’ on Go” and “Dragstrip Riot” and “Tattooed Apathetic Boys” and “Spinnin’ Clock” (note: “HA! NOT ON THE CD, CHEESE!”), but I’m singling out “Let’s Dress Up the Naked Truth.” Alone among all of the songs on !!DESTROY-OH-BOY!!, “Naked Truth” begins with a slow-paced, 33-second introductory prelude before it launches into one of the fastest 1:27 stretches on the album. In context, it’s a curious, delightful choice, and when I hear that loping, catchy opener, I know what’s coming — that’s when the heart starts pumping in anticipation of the spit-fire main act, which features a classic Eric Davidson punned-out chorus: “I hate my body, but I love my suit / So c’mon all you liars – let’s dress up the naked truth!”
If you enjoy the song below in its original, break-neck speed glory, I’d also recommend checking out a live version, when the Turks dial it up to full-body-cast speed.