Let’s realize irony.

I was hell-bent on giving you a 2000’s song today. And I /kinda/ am. But, not really as it turns out.
Because AS it turns out, I haven’t read into this song’s history that much so I was in for a surprise today.

The song that I was firmly believing to be a 2002 song, is actually a song that was recorded in 1998 (thus chiefly influenced by the 90s), released on an album that came out in 2000 (thus still chiefly being influenced by the 90s) and not doing so well at first (thus being like many of my favourite songs).

But still. It’s a short tune, but one that’s deeply important to me, because when I started going out to dance regularly in 2002, it was one of those songs I heard nearly every week. It’s video was also on heavy rotation on my favourite music TV channel (RIP, VIVA2, RIP), so I was doubly exposed to it. Never feeling a need to buy the album or the single as I was listening to it nearly every day for free.

I also just realized that the video is an unholy hybrid of late 1990s style, sprinkled with a fat spray of irony and exhibiting the first defining elements of the coming 2000s and… Well… Fuck. When I went out in a non-goth fashion, that was the kind of crowd I found myself in. That were the kind of SITUATIONS I found myself in! Especially 2003 and 2004 were fucking wild in this regard. Travelling to Copenhagen while being in a long-distance relationship in Germany and meeting a cute Danish gal from another part of the country entirely and flirting like mad with her, even falling in love a bit… That was pretty damn Bohemian.

Aaaaand I think that some of you now know which song I will expose you to.
If you guessed right, mention it. If not… I’d love to hear what you thought it would be!

[Oh, yeah, blow this up. Watch it Large! Much better that way.]

Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You [Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia] | 2000(1998) | Alternative

[expand title=”Lyrics”]You got a great car
Yeah, what’s wrong with it today?
I used to have one too,
Maybe I’ll come and have a look.
I really love
your hairdo, yeah
I’m glad you like mine too,
See what looking pretty cool will get ya?

So, what do you do?
Oh yeah, I wait tables too.
No, I haven’t heard your band,
‘Cause you guys are pretty new.
But if you dig on vegan food
Well come over to my work
I’ll have them cook you
Something that you’ll really love.

’cause I like you
yeah I like you
and I’m feeling so bohemian like you
Yeah I like you yeah I like you.
And I feel whoa ho woo
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh

Whose that guy
Just hanging at your pad
He’s looking kinda bummed
Yeah, you broke up, thats too bad.
I guess it’s fair if he always pays the rent
And he doesn’t get bent
about sleeping on the couch when I’m there.

‘Cause I like you
yeah I like you
And I’m feeling so bohemian like you
Yeah I like you
Yeah I like you
And I feel whoa ho woo!
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh

I’m getting wise and
I’m feeling so bohemian like you
It’s you that I want, so please
Just a casual, casual easy thing
Is it?
it is for me
And I like you yeah I like you
and I like you I like you I like you
I like you I like you I like you
I like you and I feel
Whoa ho woo!
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh [/expand]

Also, getting home with a girl and finding her ex-boyfriend there? … Happened to me twice last decade. Both times pretty damn fun and hilarious. And still worthy of being remembered. I guess that makes up for the few girls who came home with me and found that my ex-girlfriend was driving the car, or that I had an early breakfast-date with her the next morning.

That song makes me smile for a very different reason, too: It was ironic and hipsteriffic in 1998/2000/2001 before the whole hipster-movement took of like that. It was also ironic on a meta-level, making fun of the band and their own scene within the lyrics and the video. And, well, now that thing where I thought that the song was older than it actually is while having firmly chosen it as the initial non-90s song yesterday night. More ironic than Alanis Morissette will ever be inside her lyrics. Although I guess the irony of THAT song was that none of the things she called ironic were actually ironic but called the song “Ironic” anyway. [I’m actually kinda scared that I remembered how to write her name correctly without looking it up…]

And if THAT was meta enough for you, I’m happy enough to oblige.
Everybody else can kick my ass the next time you see me. ;)

Transmission over for today, folks.