Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Longtime No Expiration readers know that I am a huge fan of Rancid, but I haven't really written about Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong's great 2007 solo album A Poet's Life. I thought about it the other day when Stephen King wrote about the single "Into Action" in his "Pop Of King" column in Entertainment Weekly (unfortunately, they haven't been posting his columns online since March, hence no link to!). He basically was discussing the "rush" you get from great music, and actually compared hearing this song to when he first heard Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls Of Fire."

Now, obviously, Tim's song doesn't have the cultural impact that The Killer's did. But Stephen King isn't having the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fact check his stuff. He's talking about music on a visceral level, and I'm glad he pointed out this song (I enjoy his EW column and I think he has great taste in music).  Coincidentally, SIRIUS XM's E Street Radio recently rebroadcast Bruce Springsteen's guest DJ program, and Bruce played this song also, saying that he thought it should have been a huge hit. So anyway, check out A Poet's Life, and here's the video for "Into Action" (the female singer on this is Skye Sweetman).

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