Song of the Day #3,230: ‘Hanginaround’ – Counting Crows (vs. Morrissey)

Entering our third week of Montauk Madness, ten first round mathcups have been posted with 22 to go. I’ll leave all of the polls open for the duration of this round to pick up any stragglers. All of the Round One matchups can be accessed here.

The seeding in this tournament was determined randomly, and it’s fun to see the interesting pairings that result. Today’s battle, for example, is a showdown between depressed whiners Adam Duritz and Morrissey — specifically Counting Crows vs. Morrissey’s work as a solo artist.

Both of these acts are capable of great fun (see today’s SOTD) but better known for their melancholy tunes. Of course, nobody can hold a candle to Morrissey when it comes to moping about on record, though Duritz gives him a good run for his money.

I could draw this out to horrify a certain fan of the blog who is a big Counting Crows fan and a big Morrissey hater, but I’ll end the suspense. I’m going Counting Crows all the way here. If I were considering The Smiths and not Morrissey’s solo work it would be a tougher call, but I’ve found so much to love in the complete Counting Crows discography while Morrissey has been hit or miss as a solo performer.

 

[Verse 1]
She sat right down on the sofa
I said, “Where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you
Cause last night I had something so good
These days get so long and I got nothing to do”

[Chorus]
I been hanginaround this town on the corner
I been bumming around this old town so long
I been hanginaround this town on the corner
I been bumming around this old town for way too long

[Verse 2]
We spend all day getting sober
Just hiding from daylight
Watching TV (Blame it on the rain)
We just look a lot better in the blue light
Well, you know I gotta get out
But I’m stuck so tight
Weighed by the chains that keep me

[Chorus]
Hanginaround this town on the corner
I been bumming around this old town too long
I been hanginaround this town on the corner
I been bumming around this old town for way too long

[Verse 3]
And this girl listens to the band play
She says “where have you been?
I’ve been lyin right here on the floor”
Well, I got all this time
To be waiting for what is mine
To be hating what I am
After the light has faded

[Chorus]
Hanginaround this town on the corner
I been bumming around this old town so long
I been hanginaround this town on the corner
I been bumming around this old town for way, way
Way, way, way too long

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,230: ‘Hanginaround’ – Counting Crows (vs. Morrissey)

  1. Dana says:

    As the aforementioned fan of your blog, I couldn’t be happier to cast my vote against Morrisey and for one of my favorite bands in the Counting Crows.

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    This has been the easiest choice for me so far. I wouldn’t say Adam Duritz is a whiner necessarily but perhaps a melancholic poet. Counting Crows is one of my favorite bands and it’s going to be hard to see who they’re paired against in the coming rounds.

  3. Amy says:

    I don’t think of Duritz as a whiner at all. Rather, he sings with passion and emotion.. easy pick!

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