Song of the Day, March 21: Why Won’t You Stay by American Music Club

AMCWhyStayToday’s song is the glorious opening to a stark masterpiece. By the time they recorded their fifth album, Everclear, American Music Club had become a singular group. Anchored by Mark Eitzel’s dark vignettes and soulful croon and the distinctive guitar of Vudi, they were a powerful band with a wounded soul. Eitzel turned out a flawless first track with Why Won’t You Stay?.

Like most of his work, it’s a meditation on loss, pondering a woman who is leaving. The framing of the song implies illness, but given Eitzel’s skill with words, it could also be an extended metaphor for some other departure. His vocal is strong but fragile, one of his best performances, while the band provide subtle, brooding support. It’s an amazing starting point, making it all the more impressive that the album lives up to its promise.

Enjoy this sad 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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