What I Hated the Least Today 122/365: Slothrust

Picture made deliberately ugly
Picture made deliberately ugly

I discovered the worst band ever and I can’t stop listening to them. Their style perfectly encapsulates the cynical whatever-attitude that I cultivate myself. They are Slothrust and are not suitable for the squeamish and the sensitive.

First I stumbled upon 7:30 am with the refrain “I’m gonna leave you anyway”. This stabs in all the right places. Leaving and/or being left behind is the natural conclusion to all things. I love lyrics that say “I’m gonna leave you anyway” rather than “I love you forever”. I advise not to watch the probably intentionally horrendous video and let the song play in the background instead.

Their next song I idly clicked on is “In a Sexual Way”, which is why I clicked on it. Do watch the video and take note of the irresistibly deadpan presentation on the part of the singer. Her totally indifferent expression excellently counterpoises her words. Speaking of which, the band’s lyrics seem to have the habit of juxtaposing the genius, the ludicrous and the idiotic, which works in surprisingly good ways.

The band’s singer is not even much of a singer (I say this with affection, as a person who can’t keep the tune of her own national anthem if her not being shot depended on it)—and apparently, she couldn’t care less. It’s a refreshing thing to have when you wish to opt out of the deadening mainstream.

Finally, here is what appears to be a cover version, called “Happy Together”. It’s a brilliant show of emotion without showing emotion. Should the lyrics be sung and heard at their face value, they would likely make me want to hurt myself. Slothrust’s self-sneering interpreter’s brutal expression has the lyrics sound sarcastic—what she sings is rubbish and she knows it.

14 thoughts on “What I Hated the Least Today 122/365: Slothrust

  1. Well I have to agree Mara, they are up there with the worst of bands not just because of their musical ability but also in keeping with so much modern songwriting of having words thrown randomly into slots to make them sound “interesting’. Then again when you call yourself “Slothrust” you are asking for comment that may not reflect your musical effort. But on the up side apart from their dead pan appearance they do seem to be enjoying their moment in the limelight.

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    1. Throwing random words together and hoping they will make sense reminds me very much of what my students do most of the time. Except they don’t call it lyrics, they call it English. I must admit this curious band quite grew on me. I’m not sure why. Probably because it’s new to me and different from what I know. Also, deadpan is so my style!

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  2. Ummmm, they are trashing the great songs of the sixties! And the singer – Vibrato please? Sorry, just being honest. Love that old song, remember Happy Together when I was a kid.

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    1. Honesty is not welcome, honesty is outright required 😉 I’m sometimes glad for cover versions because they bring to my attention music that I would normally not come across as I wasn’t born when it was popular. At the same time, when I hear a cover version of a song that I know in the original, I invariably cringe at the harm done to the original perfectly good song. So in a sense, I hear you…

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    1. They’re not among the worst, they are the worst. It’s particularly fitting that I came across this band when I heard their song used as a theme song for the series called You’re the Worst. The worst goes with the worst 🙂 I think with music it’s the same as with films – one goes through periods in life. I seem to be currently in an angsty period, musicwise.

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      1. Yeah, I think I wrote ‘among’ in order to put it mildly 🙂 They were The Worst.

        We’re just having a period with the worst commercial I’ve ever seen, on TV here. It’s for the popular soft drink Mountain Dew, strangely enough. I don’t know what they were thinking.

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