Thursday, June 23, 2005

L.A. Chicks: Satan is a Breakup Record

J: You can never tell — there’s so much mythology with this band. Now that he’s had a movie-star girlfriend, and he conjures up the specter of Rita Hayworth — is she the stand-in for Renée Zellweger? And the song “The Nurse” —

K: Right — Renée Zellweger starred in Nurse Betty — the girl who couldn’t tell the difference between TV and real life.
J: This is a roman à clef. In that song, the nurse poisons him — “The poison is delivered by trust.” Excuse me, but this is a breakup record. It’s a concept album about breaking up. It’s also the shifting finger of blame — there’s not one point of view in all his songs. He’s trying to figure out where he went wrong, or where she went wrong. And the whole thing about the ghost [on “Little Ghost”]. It’s just like the Zombies’ “She’s Not There.” He’s in love with an apparition, an image on a screen.



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