(Part 3 of an ongoing series)
Even in the Post-Apocalypse, I will continue my mission to promulgate the glory of the criminally under-appreciated Urge Overkill. (By the way, their latest album is pretty great.) There will be plenty of Urge on the Post-Apocalyptic iPod, though perhaps just a smidgen less than overkill. Kilobytes are tight, after all. For now I’ll just add “Sister Havana,” which is about as perfect as a rock n’ roll song can get. The main riff is one of the most excellent riffs of all-time, so excellent it carries the verse and the chorus, even though each has its own distinct melody and feel. The verse is Nash Kato being his super-cool self, brainwashing a sexy Cuban assassin with his smooth, subversive charm, and the chorus has all the sing-along enthusiasm a great rock n’ roll chorus should have, without losing any of the cool. Then there’s the “There’s no time to lose!” bridge, which also does its job perfectly, spiking the tension and energy even higher (with considerable thanks to Blackie Onassis’ mighty drum fills) and making the return to the chorus even more gratifying. With “Sister Havana,” Urge Overkill finally had a tune awesome enough to justify those leather vests and leisure suits and giant gold medallions. And if this song didn’t make it past the apocalypse, my will to survive would plummet by a good 15%.
Approx. 4 minutes; 7,982 minutes left on the iPod