Monday, October 20, 2014

Ultimate Album #17 (The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)


After 98 votes have been counted, we've come to the results of our 17th album to be included in the Ultimate Albums tournament here on station to station. Here's how the rundown on voting and eligibility goes. The albums included on this ballot were taken from our Top Albums Of All Time Polls that have been on station to station over the past couple of years. They're still in progress but over half way through now. So I figured, let's get the ball rolling as those polls continue (every 3 weeks there's a new one). Next, I took the albums that did well in those polls (the top 11-17 albums each year...sounded like a fair number of albums) and seeded them according to Acclaimed Music's Top Albums.

The Final Tally For 12 Albums Are Added From:
1) The panel here on station to station (11 ballots)
2) Sodahead Poll (14 Votes Total)
3) Rate Your Music Forum Poll (73 Votes Total)
(the tallies are at the bottom of this post)

The current album poll is for ALBUM # on the side panel of the blog (Also on Rate Your Music Forum and Sodahead as well). Along with the year!

It's no surprise that Album #17 came down to a battle between heavy weight artists Beatles and Led Zeppelin. And while Physical Graffiti is a great double album, it may be argued by some to not be their finest. The same can't be said about Sgt. Pepper's as it is critically lauded and universally loved. It doubled Physical Graffiti's point total making it a distant second and both pretty much blew the rest of the field away (because whether we like it or not, not everyone likes Zeppelin or The Beatles or they found a better choice out of this dozen. Fair play). Some die hard Beatles fans tend to shun Sgt. Pepper's and choose other Beatles' albums as a hallmark achievement. 

I took to two old friends Scott and Jon (part of the most ferocious front lines to ever grace the Steubenville Hockey Association back in the 90s) on Twitter and talked Sgt. Pepper's. We all grew up with the Beatles so I decided to transcribe the conversation in 160 characters or less per response about our Album #17.

What we ended up with is a conversation we probably would've had in Follansbee circa 1993. Except you know it's from 2014 because of the abundance of hash-tags and grammar that us 40 somethings don;t give a shit about!

If you'd like to follow any of the three of us on Twitter for slapdash for no cash information. 

Our Twitter Handles are:
@jhoburgh
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Also along with bit parts:
@BillHicks74
@Chops_Top_Fives
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JHO: Alright. Let's talk Sgt. Pepper's. When or where is your first memory of hearing the album?

JB: I always had access to it and listened to it early on and often... Obsessed on it in 87 cd release #Fingerpuppets

SB: I didn't have it as a kid. Had Meet the Beatles & With the Beatles on LP listened to those constantly as a kid. I remember JB's dad used 2 have a room full of LP's. Used to play different us stuff for hours. Beatles, Everlys, etc

JB: I remember #Tommy and #HotAugustNight being staples in the vinyl room. @NeilDiamond @TheWho and #RodMckuen also

JHO: For me it was listening at a young age and staring at the front album cover trying to figure out who all the people were.

SB: I remember hearing it, but didnt have a religious experience over it. @ the time I liked #RedBeatles over #BlueBeatles

JHO: Would you still hold court and go Red over Blue for the compilations?

SB: That depends on the day. I play the Red for the kids, but they also know Let It Be, Yellow S & Hey Jude. Today it's probably #BlueBeatles. Ask me again tomorrow

JHO: We were probably all the same age discovering the album then the movie was out at same time? I was confused! I actually though the Gibbs were the new Beatles and Aerosmith was satan's music! #SgtPepperMovieMemory

JB: #MaxwellsSilverHammer #SgtPepperMovieMemory #NobodyPutsFramptonInACorner. Scott, Remember when you first figured out Ringo Was Billy Shears? #GameChanger #EnterZiggy




SB: I thought Peter Frampton was Billy Shears #BlueBeatles.

JB: Pretty sure it was #joeCocker #Onthirdthought

JHO: Let's put this to test. What two songs were you immediately drawn to when you first heard Sgt. Pepper's? 

JB: #LittleHelpfromFriends #DayInTheLife. really most of the album stood out. I bought in to the #Concept of it all! #LovelyRita #GoodMorning #GettingBetter

SB: #CantGetMuchWorse 

JHO: I'd say Good Morning and Getting Better when I was a kid. Farm noises and catchy choruses. Couldn't get no worse.

SB: plus Good Morning was in the Frodis Cape. #TheMonkees

JHO: Episode #58

SB: songs & Times? #ZorAndZam #TheMonkees

JHO: Zor and Zam tops 3 minutes. 3:16? Tim Buckley guest performance. Mickey D got #Buckleyesque. I will say this. My dad loved to push Harrison's Within You Without You on me. I was 6. I thought it was weird.


JB: Might be first song i thought of as deep. Man thats way out .. Scratch that / way in there #WithinYouWithoutYou




JHO: Who was more at the top of their songwriting game on Sgt. P's? Paul or John? Can't say equal here. I'd go PMac.

SB: The power structure started to changer at that time. Paul took the reigns and ran with them

JHO: Revolver, besides Got To Get You, still is a John album to me. Sgt is truly Paul's show. Rita, Fixin, 64, Better and the tender but aging so well She's Leaving Home all still sound Oh So Good. #MrFood




JB: Agreed PMac wins the day here

SB: Top 5 songs from Sgt Peppers? 5 Lovely Rita 4 When I'm 64 3 Getting Better 2 Day in the life 1 With lil Help


JB: 5 GettingBetter 4 ShesLeavingHome 3 LucyInTheSky 2 HelpFromFriends 1 DayInLife #SgtPeppers #top5Friday

Bill Hicks: I can't improve JB's list.

JHO: My 5 is close to JB. Switch 3 & 4 and #LockAndLoad

Chops: 5 ShesLeavingHome 4 SgtPeppersLHB 3 HelpFromFriends 2 LucyInTheSky 1 DayInTheLife #SgtPeppers

JHO: Final Prediction? How far does Sgt. Pepper's go in a group of 64? #UltimateAlbums. I've got Elite 8 to Final 4.

SB: yeah. Probably the same. it's not even in my Beatles Top 3. Revolver, Abby Road, Rubber Soul, Sgt Peppers, White Album.

JB: It wins or the results are tainted. #HeSaidTaint


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Final Tallies (98 Votes Total):
 The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 45 points (45.9%)
Led Zeppelin-Physical Grafitti (1975) 22 points (22.4%)
Lucinda Williams-Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998) 7 points (7.1%)
The Knife-Silent Shout (2006) 7 Points (7.1%) 
Wilco-Summerteeth (1999) 5 points (5.1%)
The Mars Colta-De-Losed In The Comatorium (2003) 4 points (4.1%)
Roxy Music-Avalon (1982) 4 points (4.1%)
Modest Mouse-Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004) 3 points (3.1%)  
John Mellencamp-Rain On The Scarewcrow (1985) 1 points (1.0%) 
Neko Case-The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight (2013) 0 points (0.0%)
Outkast-Stankonia (2000) 0 points (0.0%)
Smith Westerns-Dye It Blonde (2011) 0 points (0.0%)

Emailed Ballots from station to station Panel:
JHO: The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Vote on Sodahead)
Scott B: John Mellencamp-Rain On The Scarewcrow
Chops: Lucinda Williams-Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Jon B: The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Bill: The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Charlie: Led Zeppelin-Physical Grafitti
Brian: Led Zeppelin-Physical Grafitti
Doug: Metallica-The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
JPOP: The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Troy: The Mars Volta-De-Loused In The Comatorium
Dave: Lucinda Williams-Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Led Zeppelin-Physical Grafitti 7 votes
 The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 6 votes
The Knife-Silent Shout 1 votes

The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 34 votes
Led Zeppelin-Physical Grafitti 13 votes
The Knife-Silent Shout 6 votes
Lucinda Williams-Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 5 votes  
Wilco-Summerteeth 5 votes
Roxy Music-Avalon 4 votes
The Mars Volta-De-Loused In The Comatorium 3 votes
Modest Mouse-Good News For People Who Love Bad News 3 votes

#62: Nirvana-In Bloom (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#62
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "In Bloom"
Artist: Nirvana
Release Date: Novemeber, 1992
From The Album: Nevermind (1991)



Quick Take: Kurt Cobain was raised in the decaying blue-collar town of Aberdeen, WA, where like nearly all his peers, he was raised on a musical diet of stale arena rock like Led Zeppelin, Queen, Aerosmith, and Kiss. Cobain decided he loved punk rock before he even had a chance to hear what it sounded like, but it's not always easy to live down one's musical heritage, and like many of his brethren in the Pacific Northwest rock scene, his devotion to Black Flag was often at war with his youthful loyalty to Black Sabbath. The result was a heavy rock undercurrent to Nirvana's music that from the start gave the band a headbanger following they didn't really want, who dug the drop-tuned riffage but didn't understand the band's more arcane musical and lyrical concerns. "In Bloom" was a cryptic attack on Nirvana's more clueless fans, embodied in a working-class Joe who "likes all our pretty songs/And he likes to sing along/And he likes to shoot his gun/But he don't know what it means." Oddly enough, "In Bloom"'s music owed more to standard-issue heavy rock than anything else on the album Nevermind; with its mid-tempo power chords and staggered tom-tom fills, it would have sounded perfectly natural blasting out of the tape deck in a rusted-out Camaro if not for Cobain's noisy, fractured guitar solo. While Cobain had a problem with a big chunk of his audience in early 1991, it was nothing compared to what things would be like a year later, when Nevermind went platinum, Cobain was being profiled in Rip and Circus, and Guns 'N Roses was asking Nirvana to open for them.
Courtesy: Mark Deming (allmusic.com)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Top Songs Of The 90s (Division 8)



Welcome to our eighth division of the Top Songs Of The 90s where a panel narrows down the Top Songs until we get to the #1 song of the decade. Ballots were sent out to the station to station panel and I got 16 back. 6 Points were given to #1, 5 points to #2, etc. and 3.5 points were given to lists that were in NO ORDER. Below are the results!

This division was packed with 7 power hitters all scoring at least on 7 ballots with 29+ points. Heart-Shaped Box and Alive both tied for the division lead and both are #1 and #2 on the overall leader board at the halfway point. Ray Of Light by Madonna had just enough of an edge to beat out tracks from Urge Overkill, Goo Goo Dolls & A Tribe Called Quest. We also had a record of 16 of 17 ballots back which helped push their point totals up! Thanks for the extra participation this week panel!!!

You can follow along each Friday as another 9 songs catapult to the semi final stage. There will be 16 opening rounds, 12 semifinal rounds and then a tourney of head to head 64 songs in March-April. If you're interested in picking 6 songs a week, contact me! Thanks again!

And finally as promised, The link to the Top Songs Of The 90s OVERALL LEADER BOARD as well after 8 rounds. Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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THE TOP 9 (DIVISION 8)
(# Points And Votes)
1. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana) 49.5 (13)
T1. Alive (Pearl Jam) 49.5 (13)
3.Remedy (The Black Crowes) 38.5 (11)
4. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 37.5 (10)
5. Sabotage (Beastie Boys) 37 (10)
6. Paranoid Android (Radiohead) 32.5 (6)
7. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays) 29 (7)
8. Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America) 12.5 (4)
9. Ray Of Light (Madonna) 8.5 (3)


Full Top 9 Playlist via YouTube:
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Songs that missed the cut  (#Points and Votes)
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill) 7.5 (3)
Name (Goo Goo Dolls) 7.5 (3)
Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest) 7.5 (2)
Sexuality (Billy Bragg) 5 (2)
911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy) 4 (2)
Midnight In A Perfect World (DJ Shadow) 3 (1)
Isobel (Bjork) 2 (1)
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Moby) 2 (1)
Yes (McAlmont And Butler) 1 (1)
Wannabee (Spice Girls) 1 (1)
Metal Mickey (Suede) 1 (1)
Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah) (1) (1)

90s songs that got NO LOVE on Division 8 ballot:
Country House (Blur)
Hey Boy Hey Girl (The Chemical Brothers)
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Manic Street Preachers)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Saint Etienne)
Safe From Harm (Massive Attack)
Sing It Back (Moloko)
World In Motion (New Order)
You're Still The One (Shania Twain)
14 Zero Zero (Console)

Individual Ballots:
Ballot 1
NO ORDER
Alive (Pearl Jam)
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)
Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Name (Goo Goo Dolls)
Remedy (The Black Crowes)
Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America)

Ballot 2
NO ORDER
Alive (Pearl Jam)
Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
Ray Of Light (Madonna)
Remedy (The Black Crowes)
Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)

Ballot 3
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
4. Sexuality (Billy Bragg)
5. Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)
6. Yes (McAlmont And Butler)

Ballot 4
1. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
2. Alive (Pearl Jam)
3. Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
6. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)

Ballot 5
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
3. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
4. Midnight In A Perfect World (DJ Shadow)
5. Isobel (Bjork)
6. Remedy (The Black Crowes)

Ballot 6
NO ORDER
Alive (Pearl Jam)
Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest)
Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
Remedy (The Black Crowes)
Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)

Ballot 7
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Alive (Pearl Jam)
4. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
5. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Moby)
6. Remedy (The Black Crowes)

Ballot 8
1. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
4. Alive (Pearl Jam)
5. Sexuality (Billy Bragg)
6. Wannabee (Spice Girls)

Ballot 9
1. Alive (Pearl Jam)
2. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
6. Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)

Ballot 10
1. Alive (Pearl Jam)
2. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
3. Ray Of Light (Madonna)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
6. Metal Mickey (Suede)

Ballot 11
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
4. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)
5. Name (Goo Goo Dolls)
6. Ray Of Light (Madonna)

Ballot 12
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Name (Goo Goo Dolls)
6. Alive (Pearl Jam)

Ballot 13
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. 911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy)
6. Alive (Pearl Jam)

Ballot 14
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Alive (Pearl Jam)
3. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
4. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
5. 911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy)
6. Peaches (President Of The United States Of America)

Ballot 15
1. Alive (Pearl Jam)
2. Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America)
3. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
6. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)

Ballot 16
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America)
5. Alive (Pearl Jam)
6. Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah)

#63: The La's-There She Goes (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#63
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "There She Goes"
Artist: The La's
Release Date: October, 1988
From The Album: The La's (1990)



Quick Take: One of rock's simplest yet most evocative love songs, the La's "There She Goes" predated Brit-pop by four years, yet it alluded to Britain's golden era of pop with less irony and considerably more melody and heart. Chiming, jangly guitars, heart-tugging major-minor chord changes, yearning vocals, and poignant lyrics like "She calls my name/Pulls my chain/No one else can feel my pain" result in timeless, seemingly effortless pop magic that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Nevertheless, upon its first release as a single in 1988, "There She Goes" missed out on chart success, though its reissue two years later -- around the time of the release of their debut album -- made the U.K. Top 20 and the Top 50 in the U.S. Just a few years later, the song was already appearing on British hits collections; even more significantly, cover versions began to pop up as soon as 1993, with the Boo Radleys reworking it on the So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack. Though their version focused on the song's sunny side, adding cheery handclaps and harmonies, it added to the song's reputation as an emerging pop standard. Five years later, the folk-pop/CCM trio Sixpence None the Richer covered it on their self-titled third album, giving it a sweet, Innocence Mission/Sundays-like veneer. This version of "There She Goes" also made its way onto the soundtrack to the kids' film Snow Day, poised to captivate another generation of music fans. Though the La's remained frustratingly silent more than a decade after they released "There She Goes," their disappearance only added to the song's aura of once-in-a-lifetime brilliance.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#64: Love And Rockets-So Alive (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)


#64
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "So Alive"
Artist: Love And Rockets
Release Date: May, 1989
From The Album: Love And Rockets (1989)



Quick Take: "So Alive," along with Prince's "Cream," ranks as one of the best T. Rex homages ever created - both songs have the same sly, understated kick of Marc Bolan at its best, where simplicity didn't mean lack of quality in the slightest. That the song ended up as a smash American hit must have taken the group more than a little by surprise, but in retrospect it's easy to why it - with the help of an endlessly on MTV video that year - was such a monster. Daniel Ash's lyrics about an object of desire might not be the deepest ever written, but his seeming diffidence and sly purr - very much a Bolan turn - combines with a great chorus (backed by soul singers apparently taking time off from recording The Dark Side of the Moon) for great results. The arrangement is as stripped-down as one could want aside from a gentle keyboard adding a bit of extra punctuation here and there, the three performers finding a good straight up delivery and sticking to it.
Courtesy: Ned Raggett (allmusic.com)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#65: The Clash-Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)


#65
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Artist: The Clash
Release Date: June, 1982
From The Album: Combat Rock (1982)



Quick Take: Given the fickle nature of the music business, it probably figures that when the Clash finally had a major hit in the United States, this band which had so prided themselves on their street-smart intelligence and edgy political stance would make the charts with what was almost certainly the most purposefully dumb song in their catalog. Then again, from "Louie Louie" to "Bitchin' Camaro," the history of rock is dotted with any number of wonderfully stupid songs, and "Should I Stay or Should I Go," from the 1982 album Combat Rock, is a true classic in this grand tradition. Mick Jones wonders out loud if he should stick with his significant other or move on to greener pastures, and the argument never gets much deeper than "If I go there will be trouble/But if I stay there will be double" (meaning, strictly on numbers, he really ought to go, but his thinking doesn't appear to be quite so analytical). Jones actually manages to sound like he can take such an argument seriously, though when Joe Strummer chimes in with a Spanish interpretation of the lyrics during the second verse, he seems fully aware of how goofy this is -- and he's enjoying every moment of it. And while the tune isn't much more than two emphatic chords, they're two GREAT emphatic chords, and between Jones and Strummer's full-bodied guitar downstrokes and Paul Simonon's thick, fuzzy bass line, it sounds like the Clash's great nod to the pleasures of garage rock. Since it was the group's biggest hit, "Should I Stay or Should I Go" has inspired more covers than most of the Clash's repertoire, ranging from the odd but inspired (swinging Seattle alt-country act the Pickets) to the painfully misguided (who suggested to Kylie Minogue that covering this tune was a good idea?), but the most interesting version may have come from Billy Childish. In the early '90s, the Clash allowed "Should I Stay or Should I Go" to be used in a British television commercial for Levis; airplay of the TV spot resulted in the song topping the British singles charts (something it didn't quite manage first time around), and the former leader of the Pop Rivets was quite appalled that his old heroes had not only sold out so crassly, but hit number one in the process. So Childish and his fellow members of Thee Headcoats cut a single in 1993 as Thee Stash, with a sleeve that parodied the cover of the first Clash album. The A-side featured the band 's posthumous hit re-written as "Should I Suck or Should I Blow?," while the flipside altered another Clash classic, "I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.," into "Selling Jeans for the U.S.A." And if that ain't punk rock, I don't know what is. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#66: Radiohead-Karma Police (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#66
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Karma Police"
Artist: Radiohead
Release Date: August, 1997
From The Album: OK Computer (1997)



Quick Take: Haunting, mystifying, and exquisite, "Karma Police" was the third single from Radiohead's 1997 masterwork OK Computer. Dense yet subtle layers of sound bolstered the acoustic guitar/piano-centered foundation of the song, culminating in a lush, swooning climax. The structure is somewhat unorthodox, since there doesn't seem to be a true chorus section; the main verse alternates with a short, subdued break during which Thom Yorke repeats the line "this is what you get," and after two cycles, the song builds to a completely different ending section. The melodies in the main body are a little more angular, but the finish is plaintive and soaring, without overpowering the delicate melancholy of all that preceded it. Yorke's vocals are given a little extra echo here, and the bass begins to flex underneath as the orchestration builds; a heavily overdubbed sliding figure dominates instrumentally, providing Yorke with a dramatic counterpart. The lyrics are paranoid and inscrutable -- during the verses, people are "arrested" by karma police for cryptic reasons, and a man protests that he's given all he can, in between the "this is what you get...if you mess with us" section. The ending doesn't make clear whether its only lyrics -- "for a minute there, I lost myself" -- are an expression of relief or hopelessness, but really, the emotion comes from the pure sound, not from any logical, concretely presented meanings. And that emotional intensity is evident throughout "Karma Police," making it one of the cornerstones of one of the greatest albums of the '90s.
Courtesy: Steve Huey (allmusic.com)