I’ve a really good friend called Jimmy. He has the most excellently infectious smile. One of those ones that just makes your day a little bit better. It’s a gem. Perhaps that is partially because my buddy Jimmy is one of those folks who has pretty much opted out. He’s unconcerned with status or monetary wealth or what others perceive him to be or any of that other stuff that seems to weigh so heavily on some people. All that stuff that major corporations have advertising agencies working 24/7 to exploit.
Those corporations seem to be the target of the latest track from experimental rock musician Jimmy (not my buddy). A track of slithering foreboding danger, the song winds its way through passages of tension that hint to an impending explosion that eventually arrives in vehement anger.
“I didn’t write Smile because I’d found any answers and writing it hasn’t afforded me any catharsis, ” says Jimmy. “Smile is simply a reaction to the corporations who perpetuate addiction as a pillar of business, to all the trendy marketing campaigns of the tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceutical industries with their side effects in fine print or sped-up voice-overs, and the innocent souls on the other side of a rigged transaction.”
The track is a departure from the more musically playful debut single from Jimmy which is also called ‘Jimmy’. However, that track retains the underlying darkness in the lyrics as Jimmy dreamily refers to himself in the third person as if he is suffering some kind of dissociative disorder. Fascinating and magnificent.