As we told you, the new Black Lips album 200 Million Thousand is one of our favorites of 2009 (it might be our editor's number one). And in our review, we point out two songs in particular, "Drugs" and "Starting Over", as they seem to play poetically off of each other. Well, based on this Tripwire exclusive video interview with the Black Lips, we think we were right... sort of.
To quote exactly, we said: "Like a modern day troubadour of Johnny Cash’s, for every bit of lucid endeavor they describe on “Drugs”, there is an honest feeling of remorse and pain that strains through the otherwise upbeat and jangly number. Then maybe even justified or further explained in “Starting Over”, which sounds like a happy, San Fran 60s pop band giving us the pledge of new beginnings, but almost ironically, it’s more of a dismissal of the current. In order to start over, you need to discard the past, and maybe this signifies a new start for the Lips. Or maybe they’re just doing whatever the fuck they want."
In this piece, the Lips clarify that how they indeed wrote a pop song that was meant to override the reality of what it means to start over. Damn, we nailed it! But don't take our word for it, watch them explain it. And if you want to know the meaning behind the aforementioned "Drugs", click here. You can also hear what they have to say about the lead single, "Short Fuse" and "Drop I Hold".
Black Lips Discuss The Song "Starting Over"