Music, Random Thoughts

Is That New Middle Kids Song an Homage to the “Deep Throat” Theme?

I love the new debut album by Middle Kids. Lots of poignant lyrics, powerful female vocals, and moving music that ranges from playful to gut-wrenching. All the things that draw me to my fave alternative bands.

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The album has been on frequent rotation, along with the new albums by CHVRCHES and Courtney Barnett. Recently, I was listening to it while my husband was home and “On My Knees” started. His take: “I wonder if the main riff is inspired by the theme to Deep Throat.

OK, a side note on why my husband knows the theme to Deep Throat. Back in college, the alternative rock radio station we listened to used that particular song as the background music to their reporting of weird news. My husband, being one of those musical people who can listen to pretty much any song and then play it on guitar, has an ear for this stuff, so 20 odd years later, he can make a correlation between the two riffs.

I can see some similarities when listening to the two tracks, although I have found nothing online to suggest a correlation. The lyrics suggest a song about being brought to one’s knees metaphorically and how disappointment can change you for the better, and that tracks with some comments the band has made. But it’s called “On My Knees” and, well, let your mind get dirty and the song has a whole different, amusing feel. 🙂

If you’d like to weigh in, here are links to both songs:

On another note, their song “Edge of Town,” which was released last year, helped me get through the weeks leading up to my surgery to remove the carcinoid tumor from my stomach. I totally felt the whole sleepwalking rage thing.

Also, the song “Hole” is amazing. The lyrics, as I hear them:

We were just kids
Sitting around in our homes
Trying to make sense of all that
We’d seen and were told.
We were exploring the fences and roads
But the more that was known
The more we felt hollow.
And we hurt a lot of people
Trying to fill that black hole
And we throw them in hoping
That it will hold
But it won’t and they go down
‘Cause it’s a bottomless hole
And you can’t plug it up
With another soul.”

 

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