Song of the Day #3,587: ‘You’re No Rock N’ Roll Fun’ – Sleater Kinney

My exploration of the year 2000 in music continues with two weeks of songs from some of the year’s most celebrated albums. To come up with this list, I cross-referenced a bunch of year-end top ten lists and looked for titles that popped up multiple times.

While I’m focusing on the year’s most critically-acclaimed albums, not necessarily the most popular, I will throw a bone next week to one of the best sellers of 2000.

Kicking things off is Sleater-Kinney’s All Hands on the Bad One, the fifth studio album by the Washington state-based indie rock trio.

I could have sworn I’d featured at least one other Sleater-Kinney song before now, but apparently not. I did once post a song by White Flag, a supergroup formed by two Sleater-Kinney members and two women from other bands.

Sleater-Kinney is considered the best “girl band” of the alternative rock era, but over time they have been acknowledged as one of the best bands, period. Their profile expanded well after they first split up, when founding member Carrie Brownstein hit it big in another medium, on the cult comedy show Portlandia.

All Hands on the Bad One was hailed (and in some corners derided) for being the band’s most accessible album and a marked contrast to their punk-influenced beginnings. Based on my sampling of the record, it’s still pretty rocking.

[Verse 1]
You’re no rock n’ roll fun
Like a party that’s over
Before it’s begun

You’re no walk in the park
More like a shot in the dark
With clues left for no one

[Hook]
All the boys in the band
Know how to get down
Fill our Christmas socks
With whiskey drinks and chocolate bars

When the evening ends
We won’t be thinking of you then
Although the best man
Won’t hang out with the girl band
The girl band

[Verse 2]
You’re no rock n’ roll fun
Like a piece of art
That no one can touch

Your head’s always up in the clouds
Writing your songs
Won’t you ever come down?

[Hook]
All the boys in the band
Know how to get down
Fill our Christmas socks
With whiskey drinks and chocolate bars

When the evening ends
We won’t be thinking of you then
Even if your song
Is playing on the jukebox
The jukebox

[Bridge]
You wanna party with the lights on
Come on, I like the dark!
You always wanna hear the same old song
Come on, play another song!

[Verse 1]
‘Cause you’re no rock n’ roll fun
Like a party that’s over
Before it’s begun

You’re no walk in the park
More like a shot in the dark
With clues left for no one

[Outro]
You’re no rock n’ roll fun
You’re no rock n’ roll fun
You’re no rock n’ roll fun
You’re no rock n’ roll fun

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,587: ‘You’re No Rock N’ Roll Fun’ – Sleater Kinney

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard of this band, though White Flag sounds vaguely familiar. As I’m not a big fan of punk, I’m not sure I would care much for their music no matter how critically acclaimed they might be.

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