My Top 1000 Songs #374: Amplifier

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

No bid for immortality in this unassuming little ditty by the dB's... just a dark, nasty, and kinda funny hoot set to a jangly Bo Diddley beat. Coming off the band's second album, 1981's Repercussion, "Amplifier" tells the sad tale of a spurned ex taking everything the dude owns save that inexplicably left-behind guitar amp.

Is it deep? Profound? Nope. But lotsa bouncy power pop jangle with a savage bite, and always gets my attention. 

The video (sub-par audio):
Live record store appearance 2011:
Live 1984 (at 9:45 into the set):


  1. Well-timed choice, as I'm in the middle of reading Chris Stamey's entertaining book "Spy in the House of Loud" and I just happened to read the chapter on "Amplifier" yesterday.

    I've heard the song on the radio a number of times over the years (on WPRB back in the 80s and on WFMU a few times in the past decade) and the song always sounds great over the airwaves -- shoulda been a hit, as the saying goes.


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