Song of the Day #1,825: ‘Working Girls (Sunlight Shines)’ – Pernice Brothers

pernice_brothersI returned to Amoeba Music with my family on our last day in L.A. and we spent close to an hour browsing. This was a remarkable act of good will on the part of my wife, who hates record stores in the same way I hate clothes outlets — the endless bins of CDs analogous to endless racks of pants and blouses.

But she recognized the innate coolness of Amoeba Music, and its importance to the pop culture landscape. Plus she picked up a couple of used DVDs that she plans to use in her classroom.

The best way to shop at a store this massive is to come in with a hit list of wanted items. If you compile such a list over the course of weeks or months, you go in with a plan. And given Amoeba’s insane inventory, you’ll likely find everything you’re looking for.

I had no such plan, unfortunately, so I was left to browse hundreds of thousands of CDs aimlessly. My best bet was just to look at the title cards in each bin and hope something caught my eye.

Such was the case with The World Won’t End by Pernice Brothers. I’d heard about this 2001 album when it was released but somehow never got around to owning it. The band (made up of two brothers — with the last name Pernice — and a few others) has released a handful of critically-acclaimed orchestral pop records over the past two decades.

I haven’t yet listened to anything other than the first track of this album yet, but the first track (presented here) is a keeper. I particularly like the line “contemplating suicide or a graduate degree.”

She summered every winter through a calendar from paradise
A cheap dressed up temp-job and a tan by cold fluorescent light
‘Anticipation’ playing from the radio, it mocks her life
‘I was here’ she scribbled in a restroom to prove she was alive

All the working girls are fine
All the working girls are fine
All the working girls
All the working girls
All the working girls are fine

She summered every winter through a calendar from paradise
‘I was here’ she scribbled in a restroom to prove she was alive

All the working girls are fine
All the working girls are fine
All the working girls
All the working girls
All the working girls are fine

Sunlight shines

Contemplating suicide or a graduate degree
Asked her how’s it going with her
I feel sullen
I feel sullen
I feel seventeen

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,825: ‘Working Girls (Sunlight Shines)’ – Pernice Brothers

  1. Andrea Katz says:

    Loved this…just my cup of tea lyrically and musically. I could also relate to “I feel sullen, I feel seventeen.” Refreshingly intelligent. Thanks.

  2. Dana says:

    Never heard of them, and I can’t believe you filed this away for so many years so as to remember it while looking through bins at a massive record store.

    Good pck up though. And of course you like them. Take fountains of Wayne, add Belle and Sebastian and stir….you get Pernice Brothers.

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