Here’s what may be my favorite all-time song, based not so much on what I revere the most right now but more on what song I’ve listened to more than any other. The chords for this have been online longer than you have, probably, thanks to Pittsburgh-based BBS geek John Fail, a kid I knew only through the Camper Van Beethoven listserv, whom I then I had the pleasure of meeting a few times while living in Pgh doing separate DIY projects.
Now, A new time-wasting DIY project has forced me to figure out Greg Lisher’s lead-guitar part for the song, which I’ve posted here. It’s not perfect, but it’ll pass muster if your audience consists mostly of those friends of yours shocked that you can even tune a guitar much less play one.
This is a song from a mix my pal Steve made me. Everyone should want such a friend—I’d never even heard of Television Personalities (’80s-era British post-punk) and now they may be one of my favorites. On looking them up on the Internet, turns out this song’s lyrics are a pretty trite “Eleanor-Rigby” retread. All the same: great. This song sounds best with barre chords.
UPDATE: Yer probably better off headed here
This one wasn’t online for some reason. A capo helped me out. Feel free to play braggingly without one. Oh, and while I can’t hear anything wrong with the first D chord in the intro/chorus, it feels as though the song’s doing something other than alternating between two chords. I’m open to suggestions.
I have a lot of work to do. I’m throwing an end-of-the-semester / end-of-my-comps party for English dept. friends, and they’re due to arrive in t-minus eleven hours. I’m expecting ten, maybe twelve people. I have low expectations.
So: rather than clean and go food shopping, why not try to figure out the guitar chords for an obscure song by a band I’d up until 2009 never heard of?
tabs after the jump