Turn it Up, Turn Me On: Whiskeytown — Turn Around

This is a new segment I’m starting called “Turn it Up, Turn Me On” in which I share a song or album that’s just really doin’ it for me right now (that’s pretty much what this blog is made up of anyway, but now it’s called a “segment” so it’s official). The band/artist could be from anywhere at any time, so it may not have anything to do with anything other than it’s currently tickling my happy bones. I need something to do in between stalking local bands.

And the first edition of this segment goes to Whiskeytown’s “Turn Around” from their 1997 album Strangers Almanac (among some of the best things to come out of 1997). Actually that whole album has been turning me on like crazy all over again lately, but this song in particular kicks my heart into my stomach every time I hear it. Maybe it’s because somebody was listening to a lot of The Cure when they wrote this. Or hell, just hit me with a minor chord first thing and my clothes melt right off.

For those who don’t know, Whiskeytown is the North Carolina-bred band Ryan Adams fronted before launching his crazy beautiful solo career. Yes, the Ryan Adams who’s such big news right now for covering that Taylor Swift album. The same Ryan Adams who made some metal records after making his bones like this and then married Mandy Moore for a minute. Ya just never know with that cat.

Anyway, I’m going to stop there because now I have this awful thought in my head that he’s gonna marry Taylor Swift next.