Could my relationship with Spin magazine & familiarity with the 'college charts' on the back page of Rolling Stone Magazine in the mid to late 90's (back when RS was glossy and oversized) actually have been more caustic than Disney to my agnsty teenage emotional development? Maybe.
Anyway, during my recent 90's radio hit revival marathon (thinking about making it an annual event btw) I realized that some of the 'nonsense' lines that I wrote off at first blush back in the late 90's as throw aways by the artist are actually pretty obvious drug references. Disappointing? A little bit. I'm not so much dissappointed in the rock 'n roller - afterall 'drugs' is the second most prevalent ingredient in the 'sex, drugs, & rock n'roll' formula but more disappointed in my complete oblivion to it. (Remember, all of these songs came out WAY before the internet so you couldn't just Google "song meanings" or Youtube videos. You had to create interpretations for yourself - yeah, old school style.) I always expect things to have so much more meaning than they actually do and in turn, I want words (and imagery) to carry so much more importance than realistically possible.
After a few listens under this new realization I've decided that I'm going to keep believing it's a love song... And not about prescription drugs or heroin withdrawal or what ever. I am not ready to give this one up. Some Goo Goo Dolls stuff, fine. The entire 3rd Eye Blind catalog, no problem. Lucky Boys Confusion (ok, I knew those songs were about drugs even back in the day). But not this one. I need Perfect Blue Buildings to be a sad, sad love song about desire and regret because that leaves the possibility for redemption and salvation and atonement.The duel interpretations of this song really brings to light how close the feelings in the human experience of LOVE and ADDICTION really are...
Song: Perfect Blue Buildings
Artist: Counting Crows
Album: August & Everything After