Song of the Day, June 27: Magnet’s Coil by Sebadoh

sebadohMCToday’s song is Magnet’s Coil by Sebadoh. It appears on the lo-fi pioneers’ brilliant 1994 release, Bakesale. Contributed by singer and guitarist Lou Barlow, it blends his typical introspection with a driving, urgent soundscape.

Describing himself as “wound tighter than a magnet’s coil,” Barlow sears through a stream-of-consciousness dissection of a flawed relationship. He wants to find a way to make things work, but is disturbed by the dynamics and feels his needs aren’t taken seriously. Dwelling on the situation has him tied in knots, and he finds he has to share his feelings or burst. The effect is a stunning out-of-breath rush through emotions leaving the final resolution in doubt.

I don’t really wanna lose you
But I can’t play the silent game
‘Cuz when I talk the silence follows
You never say what’s on your mind

Enjoy this rush of emotion today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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