Song of the Day, April 8: Eating Noddemix by Young Marble Giants

YMGNoddemixToday’s song is a brilliant juxtaposition of the mundane and the tragic. Welsh trio Young Marble Giants only released one full-length album, but it’s a quiet masterpiece. Colossal Youth uses minimalist musical settings and elliptical lyrics to create smart, evocative pop moments. Eating Noddemix is one of the highlights.

While this track never did for the titular Swedish breakfast bar what Down Under did for vegemite, the casual reference to a character’s everyday rituals helps anchor the song. The lyrics alternate between these scenes of a woman preparing for her day and descriptions of horrible accidents. Alison Statton’s restrained delivery creates a spooky detachment that blends the two seamlessly.

Putting on her makeup
She glances at the clock
Next she paints her nails
The train has collided
The driver didn’t stop
As she slips onto the scales

The result is both a commentary on the isolation of modern life and a reflection of how close we can be to life-altering events even at the dullest of moments.

Enjoy this brilliant musical drama 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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