Song of the Day #2,678: ‘Nuclear’ – Ryan Adams

ryan_adams_demolitionOver the next few weeks I’ll dive into the next installment of an occasional series here at Meet Me in Montauk, where I focus on a single year and post songs from both my favorite albums and the acclaimed albums I’ve never heard.

I started this series with 1972 (my birth year) and subsequently covered 1982 and 1992. Now I jump ahead another decade to 2002, a year after the 9/11 attacks, the year I turned 30, the year my first daughter was born.

I didn’t cross paths with four of my ten favorite 2002 albums until years later, so the state of the world and my life at that time didn’t play a role in their selection. The others, though, do work as calls back to that time and place.

At #10 is Ryan Adams’ Demolition, one of the albums I discovered well after its release.

This is a sloppy record, and one Adams himself isn’t very fond of. It’s not a cohesive musical statement on its own, but a collection of songs from earlier albums he wasn’t able to release.

All I know is that every time I hear a track from Demolition, I love it. From the alt-country shuffle of ‘Tennessee Sucks’ to the ethereal Dylan-esque ‘Dear Chicago,’ the aching acoustic ballad ‘Tomorrow’ to the scruffy Britpop of ‘Nuclear,’ today’s SOTD.

This is where the summer ends
In a flash of pure destruction, no one wins
Go nuclear. Nuclear.
The violets in my eyelids goin’ red
Sentimental geek
Shut up and go to sleep

The calm, the beach and the remains
Of the bathing suits and Porsches all in flames
Go nuclear. Nuclear.
When I saw her and the Yankees lost to the Braves
Sentimental geek
Shut up and go to sleep

Give me an answer

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,678: ‘Nuclear’ – Ryan Adams

  1. Dana says:

    I like some of what I hear from Adams, but much of it, like today’s song, is a bit too musically raw for my personal taste.

    Still, I’m looking forward to your exploration of 2002. I’m a bit surprised so many of your selections came to you after the fact by this point in your life. I suspect that, in coming years, your discoveries have been more immediate – a product of the expediency of access through the Internet and your personal ability to buy what caught your ear earlier.

  2. Great album. My favorite is Chin Up Cheer Up even thought he non-sequitur lyrics don’t mean much the energy and positivity gets me going.

  3. Peg says:

    I’ve had some problems with accessing the blog lately 😦 Anyway I do like his sound and the beat of this song

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