Song of the Day, March 11: Too Hot to Move Too Hot to Think by the Triffids

TriffidsSwanHotToday’s song is Too Hot to Move, Too Hot to Think by the Triffids. It’s the lead track from their fifth and final studio album, 1989’s The Black Swan. Intended as a double album, it borrowed its title from the novel by Thomas Mann and features a particularly dark set of storyscapes. Too Hot to Move is a perfect opener, establishing a tone of inertia and the inability to affect changes on one’s environment.

David McComb’s vocal is perfect, lugubrious and deep. The band wallow musically around him, creating the perfect morass of sound to invoke the setting of the song. After pairs of slow, methodical verses, the chorus picks up into an almost sprightly pace, ironically countering its words, making the drop back into the slower pace even more powerful.

And from this window, I can see the street below
I can hear the hit parade on the radio
There’s dirty dishes piling up in the sink
But it’s too hot to move, and it’s too hot to think

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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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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