Saturday afternoon treat!
John Grant – Queen Of Denmark
John Grant, former front-man for the alternative rock band The Czars, launched is solo career almost three years ago. This song, Queen Of Denmark, from his first album of the same name, was released in April of 2010.
I love the uniqueness of Grant here. I love his cleverness. The lyrics are funny but poetic, salacious but facetious. And the puns! So many puns. And you can see all of that in the first verse alone.
I wanted to change the world
But I could not even change my underwear
And when the shit got really, really out of hand
I had it all the way up to my hairline
Which keeps receding like my self-confidence
His tongue is planted firmly in his cheek and that plays off beautifully with the full, folk-orchestra sound of the song. Despite the genre, it’s so easy to sing along. The song’s structure, the build (you don’t hit the chorus until 1:48), even the ironic lyrics, remind me of Rufus Wainwright’s “Oh What a World.”
I enjoy Queen Of Denmark as much for the sound as I do the lyrics and I can’t say about many songs.
I really don’t know who the fuck you think you are
Can I please see your license and your registration?