Sunday, July 17, 2005

16 Military Wives-The Decemberists

The Decemberists are one of the most original and fun pop groups out there. Their music is whimsical, poetic, and exuberant. So why not, of all the bands out there, write something political? This song is harshly cynical, but it's marked by the one of the most upbeat and catchy songs they've written. There are so many good parts in this songs: the horns, the la di da di da refrain, and the New Pornographers power pop arrangement. I also like the numbering of events. For example:

16 military wives
32 softly focussed brightly coloured eyes
17 company men of which 12 will make it back again

The other interesting part of the political message of the song is the complicity of the media with the foul and diseased US foreign actions. Nobody is spared in this song: celebrities, liberals, and everyone of us. Which is only fair.