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September 07, 2006

I'm Your Puppet and I Will Beat Your Ass


I've only listened to a few tracks from Yo La Tengo's I am Not Afraid of You, and I Will Beat Your Ass LP, out next week. Liked a couple, been baffled by a couple, but don't have enough information to even attempt an impression in full. So instead I dive back into the Yo La comfort zone, giving you yet another in the veteran group's endless line of pretty cover versions of oldies radio staples. This track, a b-side for the album's "Mr. Tough" single, was originally penned by Sam Penn but more famous for its Marvin Gaye rendition. Poor chap Penn got similar overshadowing when Creedance covered his "Lodi" (Sure he didn't cry over the royalty checks though).

Anyway, YL Tengo hush the vocals and lush the strings, in obviously worship to the melody. The paean to hopeless devotion is made a little bit sadder by the slow indie-fication. Given the extra time to reflect it does seem a little troubling to be at the total command of a super-crush, but it's lovely regardless. A serenade for the submissives.

Yo La Tengo - "I'm Your Puppet"

Not gonna rock you out of your desk chair, but a nice mid-morning break.

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Posted by Jeff Klingman at September 7, 2006 11:51 AM

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