Schizophrenic Playboys by The Cranberries.

I’ve probably said this before but one of the things I love about Dolores O’Riordan is her use of metaphors in lyrics. She literally says anything she wants but she makes it classy. The example can be seen in the title of this song alone. She uses “playboy” and there’s so many other words that could describe the man she’s talking about. But she fine tunes everything for a general audience. The older listeners can put together her lyrical puzzles while the kiddies remain oblivious to the real meaning behind the song. I admire her for that talent.

Schizophrenic Playboys is from The Cranberries 2012 album, Roses, their first album in ten years. It was released February 24th in Ireland and on February 27th worldwide.

Unfortunately, I haven’t heard their songs from the new album on the radio. I know they’ve released a few singles, though mostly in the UK. Surprisingly enough, today’s song hasn’t been selected as a single yet. I really think it should be. I also think it would be a big hit in the United States.

Let’s hope for a future release…


Disarm by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Even though today’s song came out when I was very young, I remember hearing it a lot on the radio as a teenager. It makes me think about those times when I hear it today. I wouldn’t actually say it was the best time of my life…but then again, aren’t the teenage years always difficult? I definitely wouldn’t want to go back.

Disarm was released as a single in March of 1994 from the band’s second album, Siamese Dream. Interestingly enough, I learned something new about this song. Apparently the video was banned in the UK and received limited radio play because of speculated references to abortion. However, frontman Billy Corgan said the lyrics actually described his shaky relationship with his parents. Despite the ban, the single managed to peak at #11 on the UK singles charts. It failed to make the Hot 100 in the US, but did make #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #8 on Modern Rock Tracks. It also charted in Canada and Australia.

There are two versions of this song – one of which was recently released on the Siamese Dream rarities and b-sides.

Above is a live performance from 1993. Yes, this is when Billy Corgan had hair…

Lifeboats by Snow Patrol.

I don’t think Snow Patrol is as popular as they once were. Chasing Cars swept the world by storm, the album, Eyes Open, did fairly well. However, we just don’t hear them like we used to. Don’t you think?

Part of it had to do with their music style change. They sorta left their pop-rock roots and added a little more electronic to the mix. Sure, it may have drawn in a new audience but what did the old listeners think?

Lifeboats was released on the band’s fifth album, A Hundred Million Suns, in October of 2008. It never became a single but the album itself produced five singles for the band. They would go on to release a compilation album in 2009, a sixth studio album (Fallen Empires) in 2011, and a Greatest Hits in 2012.

In my opinion, A Hundred Million Suns would probably be my favorite album from the band. Fallen Empires just didn’t stay with me. Above is the audio of Lifeboats and the album cover.

And when I wake you’re there, I’m saved
Your love is life piled tight and high set against the sky
That seems to balance on its own