Song Of The Day 9/18/2015: Meg & Dia – “Cardigan Weather”

Let's Go Do Some Crimes – Meg and Dia Frampton are the daughters of Peter Frampton, whose 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive! was so huge its cover is practically a totem of the '70s, alongside Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin IV, Songs in the Key of Life and A Partridge Family Christmas Card. His progeny had less of an interest in producing arena rock, or giving the people a double-gatefold album package on which to sort their stems and seeds, but they had an appealingly low-key and light pop touch. They made some decent recordings until a couple of years ago when they split up. I mean, they're still sisters and all. You can't take that away from them. But they don't make music in the same room anymore, unless of course it's a Christmas gathering at their dad's house. And even in that case a lot of the luster is gone, unless they went overboard with the Christmas tree and wore some Andy Williams sweaters.

Speaking of sweaters, this nasty piece of business is called "Cardigan Weather," and it's a nice, lilting number about killing a cavorting boyfriend. That part in itself isn't necessarily remarkable. What sets this song apart from "Goodbye Earl" is how they dispose of the body. In what I hope was an homage to Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, in which the lead character thoughtfully has two dead brothers baked into a delicious pie, the lead singer in "Cardigan Weather" stuffs her boyfriend's corpse into her bed mattress so she can have sex with other men on top of his remains. I don't have to tell you how hygienically unsound this idea is. I would imagine after about three weeks of lustful romps the boudoir would have an unbearable smell. I'm not even sure embalming the corpse would solve that problem. Symbolically, of course, it's a great idea. In practice, not so much. Think these things through, girls. Probably should've just made a really hearty quiche.

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