"Bona Drag" referenced in the song "Pink Rabbits" on new LP by The National

Discussion in 'General Discussion archive 2013 (read-only)' started by Skylarker, May 22, 2013.

By Skylarker on May 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM
  1. Skylarker

    Skylarker Guest

    Trouble Will Find Me, the sixth LP by The National, was released today( Monday May 20) in the UK and will be released tomorrow(Tuesday, May 21) in the US.

    Apparently the penultimate track Pink Rabbits references the Morrissey compilation Bona Drag.


    ...And everybody was gone
    You were standing in the street cause you were trying not to crack up
    And Bona Drag is still on
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    1. Thewlis
      Re: "Bona Drag" referenced in the song Pink Rabbits on new LP by The National

      And the music to that song echoes the music on much of Bona Drag apparantly, according to Pitchfork:
      They’re also putting their own work up against the canon because they’re big enough to do it: Let It Be and Nevermind serve as paragons of stability on “Don’t Swallow the Cap”, Elliott Smith’s despondent “Needle in the Hay” contrasts with the pokerfaced “Fireproof”. Bona Drag plays during the luxurious piano mope of “Pink Rabbits”, LA Woman and Guns N' Roses are given malaprop name-checks on “Humiliation”.
    2. RobLand
    3. eslice
      Pink Rabbits is in fact my fave tune on the new album which is really strong throughout. Rabbits is quite a beautiful song. Aside from the Bona Drag reference, the piano feels like a nod to The Smiths 'Asleep'. The National lead singer Matt Berninger is a great lyricist and also a well-documented fan of The Smiths (e.g. his interview about getting pelted by golf balls while blasting 'The Boy With the Thorn in His Side' http://stitcher.com/s/player.php?AAAAAJTwe @ ~23:25 min mark)

      The National makes the kind of music that gets better and better with repeated listens. There's a lot to enjoy here, I highly recommend it.
      Last edited: May 22, 2013
    4. realitybites
      Re: Article: "Bona Drag" referenced in the song "Pink Rabbits" on new LP by The Natio

      The National are going to be on the Colbert Report tonight.
    5. dalimonte91
      What.....? Morrissey reference?Whateva.
    6. Guernie
      Re: Article: "Bona Drag" referenced in the song "Pink Rabbits" on new LP by The Natio

      Just got the CD , hope it lives up to the other National albums . Now if I can get amazon to send The Falls latest CD (Re-Mit) that I ordered on the same day. Seems that one is on back order till mid July !!!! What are they doing putting the album in a plastic bottle and tossing it off the coast of England ?
    7. Wundertaker
      A nice credible and respectable nod.
      Well done, matt.

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