Yo La Tengo – Nuclear War (1)

December 31, 2009

“What ya gonna do without your arse?”

It’s a cover, and it’s my favourite track of this decade. I’ve never heard the Sun Ra original, but that’s irrelevant. The moment of a packed tune is when Ira says, “Tell ’em about it Georgia”, and Georgia monotones, “If you press, that button, your arse gotta go.” This is almost the ultimate in desensitisation.

Nuclear War dropped in 2002 on an EP with three other versions. The remix is filler, but the longer jazz version is ace. My friend’s sentimental favourite is the second track, where kids get to sing “It’s a motherfucker, don’t you know.” The most understated “shock” I’ve heard in years.


One comment

  1. This is a Sun Ra cover.

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