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…


Rooms on Fire by Stevie Nicks.

I listened to Stevie Nicks a lot during my junior year of college. I automatically think of one particular person that was in my life at that time. It wasn’t a great year of my life either but I know I’m a lot stronger than I was then. Anyways, upon reading Stevie’s explanation of the song lyrics I realize it also reminds me of someone in my life now. It’s ironic how old songs come back around again reminding you of someone else.

Rooms on Fire was released as a single in April of 1989 from Stevie’s fourth album, The Other Side of the Mirror. It went to #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and also become her first ever Top 40 hit, placing at #16 as well.

Stevie described the song in 1989: “Rooms on Fire is about a girl who goes through a life like I have gone through, where she finally accepts the idea that there never will be those other things in her life. She will never be married, she will never have children, she will never do those [that] part of life.”

Fellow musician Rupert Hine produced this album. He contributed to the soundtrack of the 1985 film, Better Off Dead starring John Cusack.

Above is the official music video for Rooms on Fire. The baby dressed in white is her goddaughter.

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…