Bleached – Wednesday Night Melody

April 27, 2016

Wednesdays. Ugh. The second worst day of the week. Halfway though the week is still better than the beginning of the week, but it’s still a tough one. Wednesday is a glass half-full, glass half-empty day. When you wake up in the morning, it’s like, “Ugh, it’s only Wednesday.” Then again, it’s like, “Wednesday, halfway home baby!” Perhaps if you were looking forward to singing a catchy melody on Wednesday night, the day wouldn’t be so bad (it still would be). Enter “Wednesday Night Melody” by Bleached. I listened to “Wednesday Night Melody” on my way to work this morning and it already made my Wednesday a little better.

“Wednesday Night Melody” is one of the highlights of the LA-based band’s strong sophomore LP, Welcome To The Worms, released earlier this month on Dead Oceans. The beginning of the song reminds me of a Joan Jett song, though not one song in particular. The verses remind me of something Hole would have recorded for their second album, Celebrity Skin, only better. Though Hole isn’t remembered fondly, due in large part to Courtney Love’s antics over the past 20 years, the comparison isn’t meant as a slight. I liked that album then and I like that album now. As with much of the material on Welcome To The Worms, “Wednesday Night Melody” is a rock song with pop sensibilities and a chorus that just won’t quit.

Come on boy dry your eyes
It’s good to feel just a little alive
Drag a needle on the groove today
And waste away and waste away

I’m terrible at interpreting lyrics, but it doesn’t seem like the song has much to do with Wednesdays, but goddamn does Bleached singer-songwriter Jennifer Cralin paint a picture of something I’d like to do on a Wednesday morning. I suppose I could do without the crying, but I’d like nothing more than to drag a needle on the groove today and waste away.

For your listening pleasure, I have included the studio version of “Wednesday Night Melody” along with another track from Welcome To The Worms.

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