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Review of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids: Whoever Says, “Rock Is Dead,” Is Wrong!

Review of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids:
Whoever Says, “Rock Is Dead,” Is Wrong!

It should be of no surprise to our readers that the music industry is full of tragedy. Indeed, to date Ke$ha’s party drunk song “Tik Tok” has sold more copies than any single by the Beatles.[1] Ode to sadomasochism “S&M” put pop princess Rihanna at 10 chart-topping singles — more than the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and REM ever achieved combined. No wonder baby boomers cling to their classic rock radio stations and aver, “Rock is dead.” Yet, as it turns out, in the world of indie music — rock appears very much alive.”Hang Me Up to Dry” by Cold War Kids has never topped the charts, but neither has “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. The song opens up with a chunky bass line. Set as a movie trailer — “Hang Me Up to Dry” is summery and punk-inspired, featuring delicious dark undercurrents, which dissonant guitar chords amplify at 2:00. The music video is energetic and black-and-white vintage. Lead vocalist Nathan Willett sounds distinctive, smooth, yet manages to come across as overwrought with emotional unrest, as he presumably discusses being led on “too many times” by a woman.

Released on 9 July 2007 — “Hang Me Up to Dry” quickly commanded the attention of Hollywood and beyond. American television programmes Numb3rs and Burn Notice snapped it up for use in several of their episodes. English hit-maker Kate Nash sang a cover in 2008. Electro pop band The Blow sampled the song in their work “True Affection”.[2] Rolling Stones praised Cold War Kids’ instant classic, gushing, “Gorgeous… Bravo Kids!” in a review. Los Angeles Times said of it, “[The] sound [is] so original and timeless you wonder how it sprang from the Los Angeles suburbs and not the dark, rich loam of the bayou.”[3]

My suggestion to music lovers is, give the song 4:01 of your time if you have not already. It just might shatter the notion “rock is dead”. (To play the music video — scroll up to the beginning of this article.)

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Keywords: “music” (9%), “song” (9%), “Hang Me Up to Dry” (9%), “rock” (7%), “Led Zeppelin” (5%), “Cold War Kids” (5%), “Rolling Stones” (4%)

References:

[1] http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/12-extremely-dis…

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hang_Me_Up_to_Dry

[3] http://www.irondust.com/queue/db_fullText.asp.d…

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