Spoon (not to be confused with the Canadian 80s avant-garde band Spoons) is another band I know very little about, though I believe the Austin, Texas group, formed in 1993, has a big following in the indie-rock world.
I heard the song “Hot Thoughts” a while after the band released it on the album of the same name in 2017, their most recent of nine albums.
For the nerds among us who track such things, a couple of artists collaborated with Spoon on Hot Thoughts: LP (aka Laura Pergolizzi, whose song “Other People” is a favourite post of one of my kin) co-wrote one of the songs on the album, and Sharon Van Etten (who I featured in a post on her song “Seventeen“) lends her vocals to another track.
I immediately put “Hot Thoughts” onto the Car Tunes playlist in my Apple Music library as its rocking beat makes it an excellent choice for a road trip of any length.
The song features one of those rock ‘n’ roll “Woo!” exclamations I mentioned in my post on Arcade Fire’s “Everything_Now (continued) / Everything Now” medley. On today’s selection, it comes in at 0:52 into the studio track. It’s missing from that spot on the live version but happens later, a couple of times, just to keep listeners on their toes, guessing, I suppose.
Writing this post, I’ve heard a few more Spoon songs courtesy of YouTube’s autoplay, so will be looking into this group some more.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for the song from Spoon’s official YouTube channel:
And, the live performance on one of my two go-to radio stations, KEXP Seattle, where I probably first heard the song (and if you’re a regular visitor here, you’ll be able to guess what the other station is):