Sometimes the best songs come from the weirdest places. Dynamite Hack was a punky-rock band that rose to semi-fame with a cover of "Boyz In The Hood". That particular song was clever, but the novelty wore off quickly. Apparently it wore quickly for lots of people, because their record Superfast was a constant mainstay in the clearance section of the book & cd store I worked at for three years.
Occasionally we would go through and just get rid of cd's that had gone unsold out of clearance for 6 months. As a music nerd these culled cd's were often given to me. That is how I wound up this disk.
One day out of boredom I was going through the stacks of cd's I has accumulated and I put Superfast in the player. Surprisingly a couple of songs were ok. One of those was the 'original' version of "Anyway". I call it the original, because at the the end of the cd I noticed there was a hidden track. With nothing to lose I waited for it.
What emerged was simply one of the best things I had ever heard. Like a lost Ben Folds song sung by Kay Hanley (Google her), this song came pouring out of my speakers. The song is sung by Emily Morris, lead singer Mark Morris', sister. Why she never made an album...who knows; but actually who cares. This one hidden track on a 5 year old cd was probably my most played song of 2005. And it's a song I still go back to for inspiration when I am writing music. It's just really pretty. I'm not sure if it it's supposed to be ironic or some kinda band "in-joke", but all I know is it gives me goosebumps. It's real.
If I ever assemble a Nuggets collection of lost gems from my generation "Boyz In The Hood" won't be on it, but the "Mellow Version of 'Anyway" most definitely will.