The New Classics

January 27, 2009

New Music: Black Lips, Short Fuse

Filed under: Download, Indie Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 8:58 pm


Song: Short Fuse
Artist: Black Lips
Album: 200 Million Thousand
Label: Vice Records
Notes: none
Analysis: Happy but distorted, Black Lips’ ‘Short Fuse’ carries on my faith in indie rock. The song contains a noisy but catchy melody, with equal elements of 1960’s beach rock, early 90’s Beck, and 1980’s punk. Cole Alexander sings nervously (Hey, Mr. Postman / what’s the news today? / can you tell me if everything / is gonna be ok?), and theres a really cool guitar solo at aout 2:25 that really solidifies my enjoyment of this song. Even more so than ‘Starting Over’, ‘Short Fuse’ has me amped up for the release of 200 Million Thousand.
Rating: 7.5
Source: Stereogum



  1. love the track, heres the music video that goes with it..pretty damned sweet!

    Comment by Steven — February 26, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  2. Yeah man, I love the video too. Awesome animation. I haven’t been keeping up with the site for a few weeks, so there’s a lot that I haven’t put up yet and that is one of them. I’m thinking of putting up one giant superpost of music videos soon though, to catch up with everything. Thanks for the comment

    Comment by gM — February 27, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  3. […] Short Fuse Artist: Black Lips Album: 200 Million Thousand Analysis: Originally reviewed the song last month, and it’s only grown on me even more. I’m a sucker for animated videos, […]

    Pingback by Music Video Megapost: 29 Music Videos from February 2009 « The New Classics — March 1, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  4. Wicked music vid, i managed to see them last month, they were freakin nuts…also saw on their myspace theres only a 48hour period for fan only purchases of tickets for the forthcoming 200 million thousand uk tour.
    Here the link to the tickets –

    Comment by Henry — March 5, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  5. Thanks for the tip Henry, from everything I’ve read, these guys seem like they put on a wild show.

    Comment by gM — March 5, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

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