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Friday, October 26, 2012

Classic Rock Garbage Thunderdome #3

Posted by on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

"Eddie Money wi(n)ning 2:1 over "Double Vision" is a pile of shit." - biffp, 10/10/2012

Harumph. The last Classic Rock Garbage Thunderdome ended in such a shocker that I didn't think I could possibly want to match two songs against themselves again. I am certain that I'm not alone in being baffled by "Take Me Home Tonight" being voted as the best worst garbage track of CRGT#2, but the poll numbers don't lie. Does that mean the Eddie Money track is better at being worse than Foreigner? Is there any way to test the scientific validity of choosing radio songs that are really good at being bad? What if we force Eddie Money into battle with himself?

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One thing I have learned, I kind of like Eddie Money. A CRGT#2 commenter named cracked chimed in with, "Eddie Money only had one good song and this ain't it." Which is so totally kind of true. There are many surprising jams in the Money Man's back catalog. Digging into a his back story, Eddie Money came from a family of police officers and decided to not be a cop so that he could rock. Do you remember the television show Cop Rock? I sure don't!

There's something completely excellent about "Think I'm in Love," the third cut on Money's 1982 platinum LP, No Control. If I had to describe it, I'd say that it had a boss urgency similar to "Heart & Soul" by Huey Lewis. There's something tough and relentless about the riffage, but still tame enough that your aunt would turn it up in her El Camino. I know mine did.

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The lyrics are typical in their Eddie Money minimal brilliance, most likely about wanting some sex or a blanket. I just did a quick count and it seems that maybe there are only 40 different words in the entire song. Here are the verses:

Ooh, something's got a hold of me now
It's a feeling, burnin' up like I'm on fire
Hold me tight babe, don't leave me by myself tonight
'Cause I don't think I can make it through the night

It surrounds me, ooh, like a sea of madness
It controls me, makes me do all the things I do for you
On my mind babe, thinkin' about you now
And I don't know if I'll make it through the night

One of my favorite things in the world, besides egg sandwiches, is when somebody rhymes a word with mostly the same word. Rhyming tonight with night? That's tight, not trite.

Which then leads us to the chorus:

I think I'm in love
And my life's lookin' up
I think I'm in love
'Cause I can't get enough
I think I'm in love
It's gotta be love

HOLY F. That last line is seriously the best way a person could end a chorus of this type. He's doing all of this explaining, deciding how he thinks he feels. He admits that he's totally out of control in a "sea of madness." Like earlier, I was thinking that I could totally eat an egg sandwich, and I was wondering about all of the reasons why I might want an egg sandwich, and then it hit me—it's gotta be hunger.

But what does the brilliant Songmeanings.com website have to say about this new contender? Well, nothing really, as the meaning of this one can probably never be found. Commenter Derek8581 (not me, unfortunately) did state, "Wow, Eddie! How do you do it? When you make songs like this one, I KNOW I'm in love."

To which I can only respond, "Word, bro."

 

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Gern Blanston 1
"Think I'm in Love" is by far my favorite Eddie Money song.
Posted by Gern Blanston on October 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM · Report this
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These are the best posts Lineout has seen
Posted by UberAlles on October 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 3
How is this poll so close? "Think I'm in Love" is totally a lot worse better than the other song!
Posted by derek_erdman http://www.derekerdman.com on October 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM · Report this
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These polls are rigged! Eddie Money over Foreigner but no "Tickets to Paradise"?

I'm not going to vote on this one.
Posted by cracked on October 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM · Report this
Emily Nokes 5
Eddie Money "Take Me Home Tonight" image was MADE for spaghetti.
Posted by Emily Nokes on October 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM · Report this
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I love that "Take Me Home Tonight" is still winning (as of now at least). Who knew a contest like this would have a cinderella story? Or perhaps its like the Miami Heat, the team nobody is rooting for that just keeps winning anyway.
Posted by longball on October 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this

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