Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Wishing Well” by Love is All from the 2008 album A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night released by the loving hands of What’s Your Rapture.
As you get your fill of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, and pie, why not get your fill of Love is All? Granted, the band is out of place when held beside drab holiday traditions. “Wishing Well” is not the theme for football games and consumerist parades — it’s more the soundtrack to a real life Rocky Horror Picture Show. Men and women dolled in black stockings, blacker lipstick, and the blackest hair. Tramped up beauties and muscled Frankensteins more concerned with sexual deviance than setting a proper table. Of course, what your teachers and parents failed to tell you is that Dr. Frankenfurter and the almighty Pilgrims weren’t the opposites you might presume.
Which leads us back to Love is All and “Wishing Well.” Despite its tramped up illusions, it’s really just rock and roll for the dancers in all of us. Whether you choose abstinence before marriage or the Timewarp, “Wishing Well” is really the soundtrack of every day. A bit of glitter and a New Amsterdam attitude can fit in perfectly with familial Thanksgiving activities. I’m sure Missing Persons enjoyed a bit of fun during the holiday and it only seems fitting that Love is All — the mutated, update version of the 80s glam-rock outfit — digs in for seconds and thirds as your tipsy uncle talks about the neighbor’s dog and your mush-for-brains cousins hog the couch to watch the Detroit Lions try their best to make a game of it. Swedes celebrate Thanksgiving, right? If not, Love is All could swede out the holiday.
Love is All’s MySpace page tells us the Swedes may miss out on America’s late November tradition as their short East Coast tour does not begin until early December. Rather than think about our expanding waists and the colder weather, let us bask in the warm sun that is the video for “Wishing Well.”