by Dan Weiss | July 9, 2014
Rock 'n' roll's biggest enemy is boredom, and it's damn good at fighting the battle, from Deftones' Chino Moreno screeching about his boredom ("Bored") to Weezer's Rivers Cuomo banging out his rawest tune over by trashing all the sex he's having ("Tired of Sex") to Garbage's Shirley Manson endlessly "waiting, waiting for you" ("Milk"). Too many talented artists to count have filled an emotionless void with visceral feeling and catchy riffs to match. Jemina Pearl of Be Your Own Pet sums up her worldview on "Black Hole": "Eating pizza is really great/ So is destroying everything you hate." But Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo makes the best of watching his wife sleep, penning her a plea to "wake up, little eyes" ("Little Eyes"). Ennui observers like Pet Shop Boys ("Being Boring") and The Strokes ("Is This It") made an art of sounding boreder than thou, while Iggy Pop proudly declared himself the "chairman of the bored" in 1979. It happens to the best of us.