“You Couldn’t Get Arrested”

This one of my all-time favourite songs.  It’s a song about a guy we all know, and the lyrics are so perfectly evil.  At the same time, it’s a wonderful meta-lyric; it’s a thematic song about an entire breed of hard-boiled rock’n’roll songs, and it strikes an entirely loveable, sarcastic tone in commenting on a type tone of songs and bands. Again, we all know those bands.

It helps, of course, that the song is delivered with all of the great skill and musicality that is typical of Green on Red at their best.  The balance, the vocal, the muted-but-perfect guitar solo, it’s all done in the casual way that is only possible with supreme craftsmanship. 

Finally, Green on Red deliver the song in the country rock / dessert rock style that is all their own but at the same time captures, references, even summarizes an entire legacy of rock music.  I’m reminded of The Band, who also had this ability to create unique songs that sound like they were the caretakers of rock legacy and tradition, and at the same time all their own.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s