Remember the best times are yet to come
Autumnsong is cheese. The moon kind: a gigantic ball of it that you cannot help but see. It screams cheese, all the way from the lyrics to the stadium sized chorus, from the strings to the echoed vocals before the chorus. Lyrically it’s absolutely ridiculous and “baby what you done to your hair” is a classic lyric for all the wrong reason. Overall, it’s the single most corniest song the band has done.
And you know what? It doesn’t only admit it, it’s proud of it.
It’s a big goofy stupid song and that’s why I find it to be one of Send Away the Tigers’ highlights. Unlike a lot of Tigers era tracks that sound cheesy, corny or just plain awkward but try to act like they’re serious, Autumnsong knows it’s a huge ham. It has its tongue lodged safely in the cheek all the time. In the end, its heart is in the right place. It doesn’t pretend to be anything, it’s blatantly made to be a crowd singalong moment at gigs and it doesn’t try to be anything else. Even the lyrics are easily relatable nostalgia stuff, repeated throughout for maximum effect (or because Wire was lazy/uninspired).
It’s good cheese. A lot of people take this one too seriously.
The two videos made for it aren’t, however. There was some minor hulabaloo when the band announced they really hated the record label video that had been made for the song and they had decided to make their own. The label version really is quite dreadfully corny, lots of teenagers in teenager situation and lots of dramatic slow-motion, even some corny random lyric flashes (not helped by the godhorrid font with the Russian reverse-R the band used during the era). Then you see the band’s own version and it’s even worse. The two girls from the album’s ugly cover mime to the song in front of a blank white background. What might have been good as an idea completely clusterfucks when neither girl has any sort of enthusiasm, energy or idea to do anything. So they just stand, half-arsedly moving their mouths in front of a mic.
I suppose even the label and the band in the end took the song too seriously.
P.S. I can’t find the sleeve quotes for this.