Song of the Day, April 22: Sick of Food by American Music Club

AMCSickToday’s song looks at suffering from the inside. Mark Eitzel drew some of his strongest lyrical inspirations from his reaction to the AIDS epidemic and its impact on his friends. This is especially clear on American Music Club’s finest album, Everclear, especially the pair Rise and Sick of Food. Where the former is sung from the perspective of a frustrated caretaker, the latter assumes the voice of someone living with HIV. Appropriate for the time of its recording, the song treats the disease as a probable death sentence, forcing the protagonist to live a duality. He is still alive, but suffering and unsure how much energy to invest in reality.

“I’m sick of food, so why am I so hungry?” it opens. Numerous simple dichotomies form the lyrical backbone with mundanity and desperation vying for center stage.

I was sick of love
So I just stopped feeling
But I couldn’t find anything to take its place.

Seldom is suffering so succinctly evoked. Enjoy this powerful 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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