Next By Scott Walker
The first time I heard this song I was driving cross country on tour. We were probably about half way through the tour and the music selection in the van had begun to stray away from safe choices and into things a touch more “avant garde”. When this song came on, I barely noticed but about 16 bars in I started hearing what the guy was saying…and HOLY SHIT was he a crazy person. On first listen it sounded like the insane ramblings of army veteran over a sweeping , almost show tune like, backdrop. From there, I got obsessed with the song and listened to it over and over again during the tour. Turns out, while Scott Walker was indeed a crazy person (apparently he lost his mind while trying to make an epic “Smile” like album after getting a shitload of money from some major label and he never even finished a record for them), this song was not an example. In fact, it was a cover of a song by some french guy ( I think it was jacques Brel). It was translated and everything. At least that’s what I have been told by more than a few people. It kinda bummed me out.
But regardless of all that, this song still plays as a man completely losing his mind to a show tune. It’s seriously funny but also a generally dope song. Peep it.