Another Ode to the Cockroach

TGIF. Here is the Alleged Artist to talk about song #8 from the new Tastiera album “13”…

The past few months have been pretty cool for me, in that they’ve given me a chance to look *way* back to when I first started recording my music. Velvet Cockroach was born in 1983, when I was 14 and armed with nothing more than a really old tape recorder and a toy Casio keyboard. If you read the “Origin Story” posts, you got a bit of the history there, including the eventual transition to Tastiera. And I’ve noted that a few of the songs on “13” in fact owe their musical content at least in part to Velvet Cockroach tunes. The last three songs on “13” are entirely rooted in Velvet Cockroach music. As with “Rise and Fall” and “Different Sun”, songs 9 and 10 adopted entirely different topical material and lyrics. I went back and forth with something similar for song 8, but in the end I decided to have it serve as a break from the heady material of the five songs preceding it on the album. So song 8 is essentially just a remake of the original song from 1987: “Main Street”.

First, keep in mind I was 18 when I wrote this. So yeah, I was pretty unaware how “first world” my problems were. But it probably resonates with at least a few people who, like me, simply hate to drive. I should probably add, however, not to misinterpret verse 2 in the lyrics below: please don’t drink and drive.

Musically, it’s about as basic as basic gets. The primary distorted keyboard sound is as close an approximation as I can find to the original, the vocals are just as unpolished as they were in 1987, and the whole thing was just as fun to put together. Oh for simpler days…

LYRICS

Drivin’ down Main Street today, what do you think I see
A tall hairy dude in an orange jacket wavin’ a sign at me
Slow down, the sign yells out, road construction ahead
I must’ve got up on the wrong side of bed
Again

This happens every single day, they’re fixin’ up our town
Watch out for that pothole buddy, it’s a long way down
I guess I’m being impatient, it’s only been five years
Since drivin’ down Main Street didn’t make me need five beers

Take me away, there’s gotta be a better way to pave a road

Main Street, you bring me down, what has happened to you
Tell me was it somethin’ that I said
Main Street, don’t slow me down, I’m beggin’, no more detours
You’re really hurtin’ my head

You’re not the Main Street that I used to know
Now you’ve got me lookin’ for somewhere else to go
I guess it’s for our own good
Ah, no

Main Street, you bring me down, what has happened to you
Tell me was it somethin’ that I said
Main Street, don’t slow me down, I’m beggin’, no more detours
You’re really hurtin’ my head

You’re not the Main Street that I used to know
Now you’ve got me lookin’ for somewhere else to go
I guess it’ll be this way for good
Ah, no

Image by Frauke Riether from Pixabay

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