Posted by: markfender | December 19, 2012

Headphone Diaries – May 29,1990

We’re just gonna skip right past Wilson Phillips, if that’s okay with everybody.

bloodletting-300x300Concrete Blonde

Is it possible to write a more stereotypical song about vampires? To be fair to Concrete Blonde, Vampire: the Masquerade and the Interview with a Vampire movie hadn’t come out yet, so they were only slightly unoriginal. Still, “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” is a good song with only mostly annoying lyrics – lyrics that got worse and worse as vampires became more and more of a cultural force.

Concrete Blonde are an okay band. I never hated them, but I also wasn’t too enthused by them. Johnette Napolitano’s voice is distinctive but never did much for me. And I developed a fierce dislike for them after their version of “Everybody Knows” appeared on the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack (Leonard Cohen and Bjork are two singers that should never be covered. You cannot hope to match their particular sounds and it will not end well). However, I do like this album.

This album also gave them their biggest hit, “Joey.” Besides that and the title track, I’m also pretty fond of “The Sky is a Poisonous Garden” and “Tomorrow, Wendy.” I had a friend named Wendy who hated that song. Mostly because songs who name check her were always so negative (“Wendytime” by the Cure is about a prostitute – She might have a point). So, in honor of her,here’s Johnette Napolitano (that is a really difficult name to spell) being really angry at God, for some reason. (I’m like Casey Kasem up in this blog.)

Did it age well? Well, the lyrics sure didn’t.

Should this go on your iPod? It’s their most popular album for good reason – it has their best songs. Plus, it’ll give you goth cred without actually having goth music on your iPod.



  1. Caroline is a good song too. I still have this album, but that song along with Joey & Tomorrow Wendy are really the only ones worth listening to.

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