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Cracker — The Good Life
Album: Gentleman's Blues
Avg rating:
6.8

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Total ratings: 852









Released: 1998
Length: 3:39
Plays (last 30 days): 1
This holy circus camp
Aladdin and his lamp
A feverish daydreams and suerte loca
My face in magazines
The lesbian James Dean
I got all I ever wanted

So I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me

Well I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me

Down miles of empty road
With acolytes in tow
You could be Persephone
A pigeon through the glass
A drunken trapeze act

Well you got all you ever wanted
So I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me

Well I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me

Well I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me

Well I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me

Well I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me

Well I don't mind saying
This is how the good life's supposed to be
The good life for you, for me
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I don't mind saying this is what a great song is supposed to be!
Kind of a nice segue from Woodkid
7 -> 3
 coloradojohn wrote:
Killer song from an amazing, talented, focused, and downright funny group. Real genius here... So glad I saw them; what a live show!

 
{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}
Killer song from an amazing, talented, focused, and downright funny group. Real genius here... So glad I saw them; what a live show!
Although a Crumb, even if I wasn't I would tell everyone that they should have this album in their collection.  IT IS THAT GOOD.{#Bananajam}
Another crispy, cool and smart pop tune.
anyone else reminded of the Two Ronnies?!
I don't mind saying, "This is how the good life's supposed to be."

In fact, I think I'll say it 7 more times to thoroughly illustrate the point. {#Roflol}
Did you know that you can take the cracker out of the valley but you cannot take the valley out of the cracker?

 
CRACKER = 10!!!
 Stingray wrote:

How old is old here...?
 
Yesterday!    Ya know, Cracker is one of the bands I like bout you.
 Seahunt wrote:
Saw CVB and Cracker last week in DC.  It was awesome.  Just can't figure out why all these old people were there...
 
How old is old here...?
8 for the song - 10 for Cracker - 10+ for Cracker/live!
Cra(n)ck up!

vocal here sounds like John Reis of the Rocket From The Crypt..




I haven't listened to each subsequent album in its entirety, but it seems to me that Cracker never lived up to the promise of Kerosene Hat.
 Cynaera wrote:

{#Lol} I bet you forgot you wrote this, didn't you? Too funny, hippiechick.  And yeah, I hear "Human Wheels" too.  Still, I really like this song. It's good driving music!  {#Motor}
 

Human Wheels—strange album but actually pretty good...
They precede them of course but this sounds a lot like Cake.  Like both though...
 hippiechick wrote:
I always hear John Mellencamp's Human Wheels at the beginning of this song. Like Cracker alot. Especially with Leftover Salmon!
 
{#Lol} I bet you forgot you wrote this, didn't you? Too funny, hippiechick.  And yeah, I hear "Human Wheels" too.  Still, I really like this song. It's good driving music!  {#Motor}
 socalhol wrote:

I thought so too — I was hoping for a nice {#Chillpill} set....
 
Personally, I was relieved.  I slept well, and don't need a nap.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
That was a particularly jarring segue from Hooverphonic's Club Montepulciano.
 
I thought so too — I was hoping for a nice {#Chillpill} set....


I just saw Cracker last week, for the first time, at a free show at SXSW.  They were the opening act, then BoDeans and Cheap Trick (what?  they're still around?)

I think they got the order exactly reversed.  I was there to see Cracker.  They were good but not very dynamic, just played their music and got on with it.  As the first act they only got 30 minutes which was a crime.  The BoDeans played perfectly good pop music.  Cheap Trick was a bore and I left halfway through.  A couple good hooks and a great name isn't enough to sustain for 25+ years.
{#Hearteyes}

Saw CVB and Cracker last week in DC.  It was awesome.  Just can't figure out why all these old people were there...
That was a particularly jarring segue from Hooverphonic's Club Montepulciano.
A feverish daydreams and suerte loca
My face in magazines
{#Drummer}
philbertr wrote:


With Tabasco sauce, and shots of vodka straight from the freezer: double MMMMMmmmmmmm....


Pick your poison-they are a great drinkin band live. {#Drunk}(drinking as we speak)


 cc_rider wrote:



Leftover Salmon on Cracker(s)... Mmm...


 

With Tabasco sauce, and shots of vodka straight from the freezer:  double MMMMMmmmmmmm....

never did see Cracker live, but did see Camper Von Beethoven open for R.E.M. in 1986 and they kicked ass!
The LAST great Cracker album. Sigh.
hippiechick wrote:
Like Cracker alot. Especially with Leftover Salmon!
Leftover Salmon on Cracker(s)... Mmm...
This song comes across to me as very plastic. I really wish it would just go away...
:dancingbanana: :bananajam:
Al_Koholic wrote:
One of my favorite Cracker songs! Thanks, love these guys. They are great live.
Agreed! I've seen both Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven (before the reunion and Cracker). Both great bands in different ways.
srbarry wrote:
Sometimes I feel like the whole span of modern music is being recycled. This time around though it's being performed by cover bands.
I hate to say it, but yeah, I feel that way a lot, too. It's not always a bad thing, but there seems to be a certain hollowness to it a lot of the time.
One of my favorite Cracker songs! Thanks, love these guys. They are great live.
good call, totally agree.
hippiechick wrote:
I always hear John Mellencamp's Human Wheels at the beginning of this song.
Agreed! And that's a bad thing. It's a good thing that this song gets much better as it progresses, though.
I always hear John Mellencamp's Human Wheels at the beginning of this song. Like Cracker alot. Especially with Leftover Salmon!
I dig it.
we like 'em here! it's funny i have to listen to internet radio to hear a local band
srbarry wrote:
Sometimes I feel like the whole span of modern music is being recycled. This time around though it's being performed by cover bands. This is OK, but there's something vauguely missing.
that's right :ask:
deepwoodskev wrote:
Great song from an otherwise blah album from one of my favorite bands.
Awww, man, how could you insult this album on my birthday?? This one's great! Many Crackerheads consider this their best (I might also, if I could settle on just one best of Cracker, but I can't, I need three.) Go to crackersoul.com or the StrangelyCompelled or CrackerForever Yahoo groups and seek guidance. If this band truly is a favorite of yours, and you like this song, then you've got to pull the CD back out and play this song, then in this order: Seven Days, The World Is Mine, and Been Around the World for some of the best lead guitar you'll ever hear. May the force be with you, my son.
skooney wrote:
Yes, me too
Sometimes I feel like the whole span of modern music is being recycled. This time around though it's being performed by cover bands. This is OK, but there's something vauguely missing.
Great song from an otherwise blah album from one of my favorite bands.
Toad the Ol' Blue Cracker. That's what I love about RP. \:D/
skooney wrote:
Yes, me too
Yes,me too..pleasant!
Wow, 2 of all-time greats, Prine & Sinatra, followed by 2 of my favs of the 90's, TWS & Cracker. Where else but RP?!! Thankyou RP <-o<
Antigone wrote:
Funny, I heard John Mellancamp's Human Wheels.
Yes, me too
So in the latest CamperVan Beethoven tour, Cracker opens and it's all the same guys pretty much. Dave changes his shirt for the "second set" which is CVB. I think I am getting this right. I don't care as long as they keep making music.
To the naysayers in this thread: If you haven't seen David and the boys in person, you are out of line. I defy you to go to a Cracker show and not end up a convert. Happy times. Pound for pound, the coolest band in the land, IMO.
I couldn't agree more. One of the best American bands out there today. Do yourself a favor and get some Crackersoul today!
Could some fan of Cracker explain: "My face in magazines That lesbian James Dean'' Checked AMG. Don't seem likely that Lowrey is goofing on himself here. Hickman ?
Antigone wrote:
Funny, I heard John Mellancamp's Human Wheels.
That's what I came here to post and then I saw that you and Platypus and NWG already noted the similarity.
To the naysayers in this thread: If you haven't seen David and the boys in person, you are out of line. I defy you to go to a Cracker show and not end up a convert. Happy times. Pound for pound, the coolest band in the land, IMO.
Platypus wrote:
i always think that i'm about to hear Mellencamp's "Human Wheels" when this one starts.
I was thinking the same thing.
drH wrote:
ummmm, good cracker!
as always, i am a polly for a good cracker!
i always think that i'm about to hear Mellencamp's "Human Wheels" when this one starts.
Groovy piece of music - I like it! :music: \:D/
ummmm, good cracker!
camden_hampden wrote:
David Lowery hasn't written/performed anything that qualifies as listenable, creative or interesting since Jonathan Segel left CVB (kinda like Morrisey w/o Johnny Marr). Proof that one guy who sings a lot (and writes some) does not a band make.
Says you.
GreAT set! from Warren Zevon to Cracker, it's a beautiful happysad thing. Thanks Mr. DJ.
Lupin_III wrote:
The first couple of notes of this song make me think Peter Murphy's "Cuts You Up" is gonna come on... .. and time and again I'm disappointed.
Funny, I heard John Mellancamp's Human Wheels.
mo cracka pleez! :nodhead:
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*yawn*
The first couple of notes of this song make me think Peter Murphy\'s \"Cuts You Up\" is gonna come on... .. and time and again I\'m disappointed.
I\'ve seen CVB recently and Cracker several times and Cracker is better by far live. Is David Lowery not a good song writer without Jonathon Segal because he doesn\'t write silly non-sense as much? :D
Hey! Real-life, energetic, driving actual rock music for the first time this afternoon! Thanks! And I too can understand at least many of the lyrics! Sorry this had to be my first positive of the afternoon, but it was worth waiting for. :clap: :lol: :bounce:
David Lowery hasn\'t written/performed anything that qualifies as listenable, creative or interesting since Jonathan Segel left CVB (kinda like Morrisey w/o Johnny Marr). Proof that one guy who sings a lot (and writes some) does not a band make.
More Cracker, please...how 'bout some stuff from their first album?
This song is so great, it was played at Buffy and company\'s senior prom. :cool:
Cracker by far is one of the more talented and underappreciated bands around. Great lyrics and great rhythms. Thanks for playing them! :clap:
Camper is Back!! They have played in NYC a couple times recently, and quite excellent shows.
Intro was very reminiscent of the Camper Van Beethoven days. Only thing that was missing was a bit of violin. IMO Cracker never picked up where CVB left off. :(
Love this band. It is not often that you hear a progressive band that is good and you can make sense of the lyrics.
can\'t stand this guy\'s voice!
I saw these guys in 94\'on a triple bill opening for Spin Doctors (who sucked!), and Gin Blossoms (who were quite good!)... but, Cracker stole the show as the opening act!! Please play more!!
Ahhhhh Cracker! like a fine wine.... strained through a gas station rag! I love \'em for their \'rough edges\'... always an interesting sound; EuroTrash Girl anyone?
Nice tune good band.
To each his own - you ABBA, me Cracker