Song of the Day #4,908: ‘Flaming Wreck’ – Pernice Brothers

I bought Pernice Brothers’ 2001 album The World Won’t End at Los Angeles’ Amoeba Music during a family trip in the summer of 2013.

I know that because I posted about it during a week recounting my purchases at Amoeba on that trip.

Though this album comes highly recommended, and I’ve liked everything I’ve heard on it, I think this is the first time I’ve heard one of its songs since that post eight years ago.

In another post that week, frequent commenter Dana predicted that Amoeba Music would soon go out of business, with streaming making the sale of physical media obsolete.

I’m happy to report that his prediction hasn’t come true — not yet, at least. My family visited Los Angeles again this past summer and Amoeba is still going strong. The store has relocated a few miles up Hollywood Boulevard, and was doing a brisk business when we visited.

People are still buying CDs for some reason, and the store also has a massive collection of vinyl, as well as sections for books, posters, t-shirts, and novelty items.

Here’s hoping they make it at least another eight years.

I was so right, sitting stoned
Like a jewel-eyed baby
I was so right, never knew
I would feel so perfect
So perfect now
Let the plane slide off the ground
Is it once
Is it twice
Is it perfect now?

Five miles high, fallin’ down
In a bloody mary
I was so right, never knew
It would be the perfect
Last words I spoke
As the cabin filled with smoke
Is it once
Is it twice
Is it perfect now?

Hello, hello, hello
Did you know that I would die for something new?
Take good care, someone who I never knew

I was so perfect now
With my head above the ground
Is it once
Is it twice
Is it perfect now?
Hello, hello, hello
Did you know that I would die for something new?
Take good care, someone who I never knew
Take good care, someone who I never knew
Take good care

Hello, hello…

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,908: ‘Flaming Wreck’ – Pernice Brothers

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I think the renewed interest in vinyl is largely responsible for saving institutional independent record stores, including Amoeba, in the most populated cities, though it couldn’t save some of the largest chains like Tower and Virgin. I’m glad, however, that my prediction was wrong.

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