Elizabeth Elkins, leader and focal point of the Swear, has a combustible presence and often launches into a tormented roar that is perfect for, well, swearing. On her band's new album, Every Trick's a Good One, Elkins does indeed swear, with a well-placed "fuck this" on the song "List." With that in mind, CL recently asked Elkins to list her favorite songs with creative uses of the good ol' F-word, and why she thinks they are so fuckin' great.
Song: "Northern Lad" by Tori Amos
Lyric: "He don't show much these days/it gets so fucking cold."
Elkins: "In the middle of an otherwise pretty song, the word 'fucking' here has more power and hurt in it than the majority of her more dramatic vocal approaches by completely under-singing it."
Song: "Fuck the World" by Turbonegro
Lyric: "Hey hang on/while I fuck the world/gimme just a minute/while I fuck the world."
Elkins: "Rock + irony = perfection."
Song: "The Only Time" by Nine Inch Nails
Lyric: "Lay my hands on heaven and the sun and the moon and the stars/while the devil wants to fuck me in the back of his car."
Elkins: "This song had me from the first line: 'I'm drunk and right now I'm so in love with you.' I'm glad the devil wants to fuck Trent. Who can blame Satan for such desire?"
Song: "What a Waster" by the Libertines
Lyric: "What a waster, what a fucking waster."
Elkins: "The word just sounds better with an English accent."
Song: "BYOB" by System of a Down
Lyric: "Where the fuck are you?"
Elkins: "A great profanity-driven chant, and it works both in the context of the song and as a general shout-out to anyone who has ever let you down."
The Swear's fucking CD release show is at 10 High, Fri., Nov. 4, with Dented, Steadlur and Bad Luck Star. 816 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-3607. www.tenhighclub.com.
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