Song of the Week: “Love or Prison” by Blonde Redhead

There are certain songs that sound “smoky” to me. They evoke a dark, sultry, club-like atmosphere. A classic example is Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” The effect must be intentional on some level, because these songs tend to have “smoky,” grayscale videos as well.

I know what you’re thinking — they sound smoky because I’ve seen the videos. But it isn’t so; I thought “Love or Prison” sounded smoky before I ever saw the video.

This beautiful song — which I first heard in a car at night, the ideal time and place to first hear a song — makes me realize I love music that is both sexy and sad. I prefer my poetry both funny and sad, but music isn’t as good at being funny as poetry, and poetry isn’t as good at being sexy as music.

-Elisa Gabbert

Elisa Gabbert is the author of The Self Unstable (forthcoming from Black Ocean) and The French Exit (Birds, LLC), as well as a recent collaborative chapbook co-written with Kathleen Rooney, The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go (Hyacinth Girl Press). She lives in Denver and blogs at The French Exit.

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