From my ‘06 year-end diatribe: It’s a marvel that I love this song, considering that it combines two things I usually can’t stand: a chorus the mercilessly repeats one phrase, and The French. But damn if those Frenchies didn’t make one of the most surprisingly insistent singles of the year. From the little synth blasts (deliciously behind the beat) that punctuate the verses to the don’t-mean-anything-yet-somehow-mean-everything lyrics, “Long Distance Call” ladders up and backs off, ladders up and backs off, until it finally culminates in a wash of guitars, a pained and furtive “long time no see! long time no say!”, and a few tidy post-petit-mort drumbeats. You know, maybe we could learn a thing or two from the French after all.
“There are smart people and dumb people. There are people who have energy and people who are lazy. They exist in combinations. If you work with a smart person with energy, that’s your best collaborator. If you work with a smart person who’s lazy, well, that’s a bit of a waste, but it does no harm. If you work with a dumb person who’s lazy, that’s sad but not problematic, because they will simply be ineffectual. But if you work with a dumb person with energy, therein lies the seed of disaster.”—
“You know things aren’t going very well for you when you can’t even tell people the simplest fact about your life, just because they’ll presume you’re asking them to feel sorry for you. I suppose it’s why you feel so far away from everyone, in the end; anything you can think of to tell them just ends up making them feel terrible.”—Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down