My Top 1000 Songs #91: I Am A Scientist
As a brief snippet of lo-fi recording, it's obviously not "better" in objective terms than a lot of what's still to come on this list; but in capturing a particular moment in time, it has a lot of emotional heft for me. Indeed, it's as much a rock anthem as something offered by the Clash, but in lieu of ferocity and fist-pumping emotion there's understated indie rock getting by on fumes and audaciousness. Stripped of the adornments of fancy (or, well, any) production values, it's just a basic riff, yet something that on very first listen struck me as something I absolutely must have heard a hundred times before because it was so hauntingly familiar and instantly winning. And the lyrics are the usual reliable Pollard mix of the opaque and the profound.
One couplet hit me particularly hard, something that perfectly captured my sensibilities as an obsessive lover of music:
"I am a lost soul, I shoot myself with rock & roll. The hole I dig is bottomless, but nothing else can set me free."Live & sloppy drunk in 2004: