Heads Up

At the Doug Martsch solo show last night, I’m disenchanted, not sure if I’m more annoyed and frustrated by the low rumble of people chattering behind me or the over-done distortion effect on Martsch’s microphone. I head off to a corner to sit down. All is forgiven when he plays “Twin Falls, Idaho” and I hear people around me singing along quietly with the chorus. I monotone along a bit.

“Seven-up, I touched her thumb and she knew it was me
Although she couldn’t see, unless of course she peeked”

And years after first hearing the song, I realize that this line is quite obviously about Seven-up, the old classroom game we played in elementary school.

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  1. I saw Doug play recently, but without the voice distortion. Did get a little antsy during Mike Johnson’s opening set because he seemed to be playing the same reverb-heavy high note over and over and over and over. Glad you finally ‘got’ the 7-up reference; it’s a key part of loving the song.

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