"You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son"
When the first thing in a series of things blows my mind, it gets blown extra hard: the possibilities are now endless. Issue #1 of a comic book monthly, TV pilots, first chapters, first album track. A great song is all the more exciting when it speaks to the promise of more great songs, maybe even greater songs. It can work against you, though: Wolf Parade set the bar so high with the first track of Apologies to the Queen Mary, for weeks I couldn’t listen to the rest of the album. By comparison, it seemed flat.
Perhaps it’s a good thing that the band were never quite as great as their opening statement. A few years later, with their third album release nearing, they are still very, very good and showing no signs of slowing. Besides, if they’d continued at this level we’d likely be living in a Wolf Parade oligarchy, the populous subjugated by sheer power of song.
This hearkens back to a track I posted some time ago which seems to lyrically reference this song blatantly yet opaquely. I’ve had a cursory butcher’s round the net and found no literary connection to father’s get and runners.
For those keeping score at home:
Management Mixtape #1 Side 1
- "Black Rainbow" St. Vincent
- "The Devil Is In The Details" Marnie Stern
- “Electric Campfire (In A Neo-Ackerman Style)” The Bionaut
- “Son the Father” Fucked Up
- “Canada” WHY? / Themselves
- “Give Blood” Rain Machine
- "Outro" Califone
Management Mixtape #1 Side 2
- “Lovecraft in Brooklyn” The Mountain Goats
- “When We Were Alive” The Thermals
- “Martin Luther King Day” Times New Viking
- “Yuri-G” PJ Harvey
- “Dancing the Manta Ray” (Live) Pixies
- "Spacious Thoughts" Kool Keith feat. Tom Waits
- “The Wayward Granddaughter” The Fiery Furnaces
- "Pink" Boris
- “Anywhere I Lay My Head” Tom Waits
Management Mixtape #2 Side 1
- "Lemonade" CocoRosie
- "You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son" Wolf Parade