Thursday, February 19, 2015

40 Year Itch : Cut Rate Trust

    By 1973, despite or possibly due to, having made it big, I was miserable. Married and the father of two small children, I was never home, drunk a good deal of the time, and apparently felt it necessary to sleep with every waitress in North America and the British Isles. But guess what? All these beans have also been split into song. 
-Rufus Wainwright

From Loudon Wainwright III's fourth album, the half live/ half studio Unrequited, released in February of 1975, "Kick in the Head" is an example of what the singer-songwriter has always done best: breaking your heart while making you laugh. As in the hit 1975 move Shampoo, Wainwright explores the politics of sex.

Well I hear that she told you she'd been shacking up with your best friend
And the kick in the head is she said that she wants to again
Well they was kissin and huggin and doin it right in your bed
Oh this happened to you another foot has the shoe now instead

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