The Most Loneliest Jack of My Life

You know who the most boring people in the world are? People who describe television commercials to those who haven’t seen them.

And yet …

So there

70 thoughts on “The Most Loneliest Jack of My Life

  1. Yes, Phantom Planet did a song called “Lonely Day.” It is very good, and grammatically correct. I’d highly recommend their album “The Guest” for summer fun-time outings.

  2. JACK FM is even WORSE in Vancouver with their Canadian Content law. So here it’s random Canadian “hits” that I’ve never heard before, lots more Bryan Adams, and it’s mixed with…. Joan Jett.

    On that same note, it’s always a laugh for me to hear the Classic Rock station when I hear some song by the Tragically Hip from the early 90’s or some other song I’ve never heard in my LIFE and it’s on a CLASSIC rock station.

    Ah these Canucks. Oh the hilarity.

    Yes I’m still in transition.

  3. Given the other songs from SoD, I always assumed that ‘Most Loneliest’ was a tongue-in-cheek poke at the other gobshite ‘rock’ out there these days.

  4. Holy crap, they still have the Canadian content law? That’s what gave us Great White North. Why can I not be Canadian? I couldn’t love Canada more if I tried! That’s the kind of semi-socialist bureaucratic law that makes my heart race.

  5. i highly recommend you invest in XM Radio. I am in love with the 90s channel and can sing and live nostalgic all day long. No more Jack.

  6. Well, I actually like Jack FM. (The Kansas City station, to be precise, in the unlikely case that it makes a difference.) Not enough to repair the radio so I have FM again in my car, and not enough to listen to it straight without flipping channels or sticking a CD in when I got the other car, still, I like it. They play lots of 80s stuff that other radio stations don’t play. I hear stuff I haven’t heard for ages.

    I don’t, though, like that “we play what we want to” line. Makes it sound like they have D.J.s who each get to play whatever they want. Which clearly isn’t the case, just from listening, because they clearly have a format as far as what kind of music they play. Of course, since they don’t say who “we” is, and thus it could be the corporation, I suppose “we play what we want to” is technically true.

  7. i can’t stand the voiceover guy — he has the most annoyingly affected forced casual tone …

  8. People, why are you still listening to terrestrial radio? Satellite is amazing. I personally have Sirius for Stern, and the music channels are great – i’ve discovered a number of new favorite bands i never would have heard of through them. I highly recommend it. XM is part owned by ClearChannel so i suggest you go with Sirius!

  9. I, too, once clung to hope that “Lonely Day” was tongue-in-cheek, but sadly it is not so. I’m a big fan of SOAD, but pretty much any song that Daron (the guitarist) writes lyrics for or sings lead on – usually these coincide – somehow manages to diminish the rest of the band’s output.

    Let me draw an analogy here. If SOAD was Public Enemy, then Daron is Flavor Flav to Serj’s Chuck D. A little Flavor Flav is fantastic, but too much spoils the show.

  10. To the guy in Vancouver who is “still in transition:”

    Hey, those Canadian “hits” you’ve never heard before (early Hip? excellent) ARE classic to us. Is “classic” a designation determined only by middle-aged Americans? Sheesh.

  11. To quote: “…shoehorns a superfluous “most” into a line that would otherwise have been both grammatically and metrically correct”

    If the purpose of music was to use correct grammar and adhere to strict meter, then it would be very easy to write. Any old pedantic geek could have an instant hit. But don’t forget that music is a form of art, not an English exam.

    The liberties taken with “correct form” are often what lifts a piece above being a predictable series of soulless beeps and crashes. These departures from convention, whether small and imperceptible or big and blatant, are responsible for creating interest and emotion in the listener. They are why you like other System songs (assuming that you do).

    Rules do exist in music and other art, and breaking them all without thinking is not a quick recipe for success. But following them all without thinking is definitely a recipe for failure (or RnB).

    So just because they have written a crappy song, doesn’t mean that its crappiness is due to its grammar or meter. It’s just crappy.

    P.S. Before you point it out, my own little grammar faux pas was intentional. Just to annoy you! Assuming that you picked it up.

  12. Funny you should pick on that song. I like System of a Down, but the first time I heard that song I wanted to tear my radio out of my car and dash it on the street. I even like the *melody* quite a lot, but the lyrics are just unbelievable. I guess some things just get you, you know?

  13. Matt. Blink is punk for kids who are too young to know what punk is. Third eye blind is… pain. And Creed? It’s pre-teen “I’m rebelling against my parents” music. Maybe even “I’m rebelling against my parents music” music.

    Or even “I’m rebelling against good taste” music.

    and besides, the beastie boys are undeniably awesome. You’ve let me down.

  14. I thought I was the only one (aside from my mother) who could not STAND that song because of the poor grammar. That song makes me want to punch babies.

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