My Top 1000 Songs #191: Everyone Wants To Live Forever
In contrast to the band's later lush, sophisticated proggy-pop higher up the list, this one comes from the band's earlier, noisier, harder-rocking era. Hit To Death saw the band starting to temper the acid-tinged garage rock or its earliest days with a more nuanced indie noise-pop bent, and "Everyone" walks that line perfectly--it's a raging, upbeat anthem that demands room-shaking volume, yet with a killer sing-along chorus that's built for alternative rock radio. You've got the classic Lips weirdness going on--that bass voice "ooh-wop-wop" refrain is pretty damn creepy--yet the blend of jangly and crunchy guitars and straightforward melody is mixtape-ready; it's got a little something for everyone!
Plus a truly awesome video to boot.Stripped-down and almost mellow in '95: