I saw that The Mr. T Experience is playing a few shows with my pals in Nerf Herder soon, including a stop at The Troubadour in LA. It got me thinking about this perfect piece of jangly pop confection. It’s like Stephin Merritt is fronting a country band that plays Grant Hart songs at an English pub in the 60s. The chorus is hooky and the punk psychedelia of the bridge is a brief refuge from the bouncy melody. But it’s the unique lyrics that bring it all together.
Our narrator is in a never-ending loop of overreaction and regret. The title seems tongue-in-cheek, but it encapsulates the petty spats that can potentially topple uncertain relationships. Couples get into ruts and we hurt the ones we love, so we’re left to apologize and try to figure out why we’re so quick to anger. Given all the things that can undermine something so fragile, there’s no better advice than this: “Let’s keep the freaking out to a minimum.”
Read the full lyrics for “Sorry For Freaking Out…” by MTX right HERE.
More Short Story in a Song posts:
- “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer
- “The Mercy Seat” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault” by Jawbreaker
- “Books About UFOs” by Husker Du
- “Photosynthesis” by Frank Turner
- “Clean Sheets” by Descendents
- “Vacation” by The Go-Go’s
- “Throwaways” by Beach Slang
- “The Rat” by The Walkmen
- “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts” by X
S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series includes BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, GRIZZLY SEASON and HANG TIME (Rare Bird Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in LA.