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Nada Surf — Blonde On Blonde
Album: Let Go
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6.8

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Total ratings: 1307









Released: 2002
Length: 4:26
Plays (last 30 days): 1
cats and dogs are coming down
14th street is gonna drown
everyone else rushing round.

CHORUS:
i've got blonde on blonde
on my portable stereo
it's a lullabye
from a giant golden radio.

i've got no time i wanna lose
to people with something to prove
what can you do but let them talk
and make your way down the block.

CHORUS:
i've got blonde on blonde
on my portable stereo
it's a lullabye
from a giant golden radio. (X3)

it's a lullabye
from a giant golden radio.

it's a lullabye
from wonder-woman's radio. (X2)

it's a lullabye. (X6)
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 Zapmedia wrote:
Lana Del Ray with a Y chromosome.  Ultraviolence....
 

Churchill, but sings moody songs
 sebovox wrote:
J'adore cette song
 
moi aussi
J'adore cette song
 slartibart_O wrote:
hmmm.... blonde on blonde sure googles up some interesting images.
 
You do know that Google tailors search results based on your past browsing habits, right?  
Waitwaitwait. Nada Surf made more than one song?

And it's good?

My world has been thrown into turmoil.
So moody. Not a bad thing. 
Bump 6 > 7.  Lovely, lilting melody, but the lyrics writer might have gone an extra step. 
 Zapmedia wrote:
Lana Del Ray with a Y chromosome.  Ultraviolence....
 
  Nice trick; this was released about 8 years before Lana Del Rey released any recordings and about 12 years before "Ultraviolence".
I've heard this hundreds of times over many years here at RP. Never rated it, really didn't even know who did it. I decided I love it. 8.

edit: 9
 Zapmedia wrote:
Lana Del Ray with a Y chromosome.  Ultraviolence....

 
Uggg post-debut Lana Del Ray sucks. Whereas this song is classic! 
Lana Del Ray with a Y chromosome.  Ultraviolence....
This reminds me of a Deerhoof song. I can't remember which one. I love Deerhoof. This is nice.
Curiously good - grows on me. pxd
Tedium and Tediummer.  Absolute sucko-barfo.
Nice vibe to this one.
so who around here is Golden and who is Wonder?
It's strange. Not sure which one of you does most of the song choices but it's like it's right out of my own collection. Love it. I recall seeing these guys open up for Modest Mouse or Death Cab in Seattle when this album came out and it blew my mind. 
 leafmold wrote:
This whole album is very good and this track, despite the criticism leveled here, is a nicely layered, lovely song.

 
Correct. This album is amzeballs and this song is probably my favorite on it.
My ears think these backing vocals suck.
 stunix wrote:
I hope this isnt just to link to some Dylan.                       damn, i hate it when im right.

 
Think I found a glitch in the matrix. Either that or Bill's reusing an old mix. {#Tongue-out} 
This whole album is very good and this track, despite the criticism leveled here, is a nicely layered, lovely song.
I think this is putting me to sleep.
I hope this isnt just to link to some Dylan.                       damn, i hate it when im right.
Saw them in Lausanne (Switzerland). They played this song among many others... such a long time that time itself seemed countless 📻 🔊
I saw these guys last year when they passed through Portland.  They played lots of great music, but not this song.  Damn!
Blonde on Blonde?  Sort of like scissors sisters ?
 
numbed...make it stop....what is with those backup singers? ew!
Love Nada Surf.
I don't even like Bob Dylan, but this is a very pleasant song.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
It's coming down hard today here in Florida. I know because I stepped in a poodle.
 
ARF, ARF!
 vandal wrote:


Seriously, "lyrical drivel?"  Its a sentimental homage to the Dylan album of the same name.  You've rated 4 Dylan cuts a 6 or greater. . . 
  Your post made me want to see your ratings.  Always an interesting thing.   What do you have against the number 4?  {#Curtain}


"Plastic Silver Nine Volt Heart"
Is there a boring-er song on the playlist?
 crockydile wrote:
Lyrical Drivel. {#Headache} Seems to drag a bit,too, I think. {#Think}
 

Seriously, "lyrical drivel?"  Its a sentimental homage to the Dylan album of the same name.  You've rated 4 Dylan cuts a 6 or greater. . . 


 Proclivities wrote:

I've always preferred that style of malaise to the rushed, obedient variety though.
 
Me too.
 ziakut wrote:
It's got that slow, insurgent, malaise that works wonders for Death Cab For Cutie.
 
I've always preferred that style of malaise to the rushed, obedient variety though.

It's got that slow, insurgent, malaise that works wonders for Death Cab For Cutie.
 crockydile wrote:
Lyrical Drivel. {#Headache} Seems to drag a bit,too, I think. {#Think}
 

Can't agree, but that's what makes it all worthwhile.{#Wink}
Great album, probably their best. Underrated.
Lyrical Drivel. {#Headache} Seems to drag a bit,too, I think. {#Think}
My all time favorite Nada Surf tune!{#Cheers}
fredriley wrote:
The opening line "Cats and dogs coming down" reminds me of when I literally translated "It's raining cats and dogs" into Italian and the Italians wet themselves laughing :o)...
It's coming down hard today here in Florida. I know because I stepped in a poodle.

Just very nice.

Not getting this one at all.  Slow, boring, repetitive and sounds exactly like every other alt/indie band from circa 2005.


 loud_family_fan wrote:

I don't agree with most of Physicsgenius's opinions, but why are so many people so abusive toward him? You guys just seem mean.
 
Really.
This is how wars start. {#Mrgreen}

Where's my gun?
reminds me of the Bowie line: "I'm afraid of Americans"

And the Dylan line "you should be made to wear earphones" 

 DarceySuzanne wrote:
 It's like Belle & Sebastian on 'ludes.
 
Hah - just reading that sentence put me to sleep.

How boring. How many times can they repeat the same lines with such lackluster without falling asleep? It's like Belle & Sebastian on 'ludes. Ugh...
I like Matthew Caws's voice, but I keep waiting for a Nada Surf song that really inspires. Maybe they're a slow build, like Conor Oberst.
The opening line "Cats and dogs coming down" reminds me of when I literally translated "It's raining cats and dogs" into Italian and the Italians wet themselves laughing :o)

This is an awful dull number, though, after a bunch of other dull numbers. One of RP's doldrum sequences...
I am certain that the photo at the bottom of the album cover is a whole bunch of Dippin' Dots ....

smooth jams

{#Good-vibes}
 Rej_P wrote:
wow, rhyming "radio" with .... "radio", brilliant.


 
Um, he's rhyming stereo with radio....
{#Naughty}

{#Daisy}
wow, rhyming "radio" with .... "radio", brilliant.
slartibart_O wrote:
hmmm.... blonde on blonde sure googles up some interesting images.
You mean images of the Dylan cover all over the place?
AlienRelic wrote:
This deserves something from Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde"
Oh Lord, yes.........
AlienRelic wrote:
This deserves something from Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde"
Don't tease us, Bill. Make with the Dylan after this song :)
Stefen wrote:
Just out of curiosity, does anyone have a notion of where we got the term "raining cats and dogs?"
(click here)
Just out of curiosity, does anyone have a notion of where we got the term "raining cats and dogs?"
This deserves something from Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde"
didn't seem to learn anything from Blond on Blonde as far as interesting lyrics go
In my memories Nada Surf sounded way more 'harder', nearly punk-oriented...
hmmm.... blonde on blonde sure googles up some interesting images.
Should have this immediately following Guster, as they are touring together! Well a few songs apart still make for a great set.
God Damn. Love this song.
Isnt't there a song from Madrugada that sounds exactly like this?
Kinda repetetetetetetetetive. Not terrible, but so very very bland.
loud_family_fan wrote:
This isn't awful, but why listen to a medicore song about Blonde on Blonde when we could be listening to Blonde on Blonde?
Or maybe even watching some blonde-on-blonde action!
decent ... not great, but not un-listenable either.
rascal420 wrote:
Maybe it's deep and moody. So there.
I'm with Rascal, I like the mood these kinds of songs create. Call me sensitive.
fuh2 wrote:
S o a r e y o u
I don't agree with most of Physicsgenius's opinions, but why are so many people so abusive toward him? You guys just seem mean.
physicsgenius wrote:
T h i s s o n g i s v e r y s l o o o o o o w
S o a r e y o u
This isn't awful, but why listen to a medicore song about Blonde on Blonde when we could be listening to Blonde on Blonde?
T h i s s o n g i s v e r y s l o o o o o o w
Forget bird-flu, cholera, the plague...the biggest threat to music-loving humanity is the dreaded Coldplay Virus that seems to be striking more and more bands. Quarantine, quick!
i really love the vocal harmonies on the chorus later in the song.
... It's a lullaby ... ... Whadya expect? ... It's purrfect ...
er, um...uh-uh.
Mikey wrote:
You'd expect blonde on blonde action to be a little more exciting. Of course, Should be a blonde-joke somewhere here..."two blondes walk into radio paradise..."
I think it's in reference to an old dylan album. See https://www.radioparadise.com/modules.php?name=Amazon&asin=B0000C8AVU
AlonzoTheArmless wrote:
Diane, you're not alone. Boring and repetitive indeed.
Maybe it's deep and moody. So there.
You'd expect blonde on blonde action to be a little more exciting. Of course, Should be a blonde-joke somewhere here..."two blondes walk into radio paradise..."
Diane, you're not alone. Boring and repetitive indeed.
Kinda like this 8-< 8-< 8-< 8-< 8-< https://www.radioparadise.com/modules/Forums/images/smiles/eusa_dance.gif Dancing
Geez, again in the minority... I found this totally and completely annoying. It adds new depth to the word "repetitious". Not only depth, come to think of it, but glitter, neon arrows and a double underline.
hmmm, very nice.. :sunny.gif:
First words..cats and dogs....gotta be good ! 8O
8)
fuh2 wrote:
Dylanesque? Any Dylanophiles know the connection of this song to Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" album?
well, looking at the lyrics, he's just talking about the Dylan song playing on his radio. :-)
That title is trouble waiting to happen.
Dylanesque? Any Dylanophiles know the connection of this song to Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" album?
mperry wrote:
Perfect placement in what, I must say again, is just an excellent set of music going all the way back to "Razor Love" from Neil Young.
Neil Young did Razor Love cause he is a cutter Put the razor down Neil !!!! The razor and the damage done
Outstanding! I love this version of the song.
I think this song and the album is lovely, with the exception of a couple so-so songs.
this is such a great song. lets hear it more frequently - we can knock some of the really high rotation bands down to size in order to make room, right?
What a great song...perfect mood music for me right now :D
Perfect placement in what, I must say again, is just an excellent set of music going all the way back to "Razor Love" from Neil Young.
Shimmer wrote:
I have no idea what that means, but it made me LOL.
And your reply brought that comment to my attention. Thanks. And more lol's. By the way, I like the soujnd of this. Nada Surf has released a number of decent songs. Nothing "godlike" necessarily, but not bad none the less.
This is a great song from an unexpectedly amazing album.
drab
Originally Posted by Myrrh: This could be the theme song of the upcoming war if we can convince Sadaam Hussein to bleach his hair.
I have no idea what that means, but it made me LOL.
It\'s not that bad. In fact it\'s kinda growing on me. ;)
boring
Never mind... forgot what I was going to say
Is it just my stream, or does this song have numerous blips and chirps. Aside from that, I can\'t seem to find a \"zzzz\" face. Oh well.