FFWDing to the Best Part: “Kind of a Girl,” Tinted Windows (2009)

This song isn’t terribly well known, but my God, that should change.  First, some background. Tinted Windows is tied in my heart for “favorite supergroup” with the Wilburys.

But while the Wilburys kind of collectively made sense in the sense that they all seemed like contemporaries within similar genres, Tinted Windows is at first blush the most random assortment of talent.  It’s like someone played Mad Libs with the 1976 – 1999 Billboard charts: Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick drummer), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne bassist), James  Iha (Smashing Pumpkins guitarist), and TAYLOR HANSON (Hanson middle brother and frontman. And father of four. And quite possibly tops of my freebie list.).

Cut one on their only album to date, “Kind of a Girl,” has the upbeat power-pop you’d expect from Fountains of Wayne, infused with the tight harmonies Hanson excels at.  It’s fast-paced, it’s a touch throwback-sounding, it’s punchy and bouncy and cheerful.  Or … is it?

This is another one of those story songs, but the story is more thinly veiled.  Let’s process through some of the lyrics, okay?

Verse one:

She’s the kind of a girl you can’t get enough of
She’s the kind of girl you need to feel the touch of
She’s the kind of a girl that can really shake up your whole world
The kind of a girl you kinda never wanna let go

The excitement of new love! Wow, this girl must be truly wonderful. Quite frankly, I’m envious.

Verse two:

I had some time to kill, I had a lot to learn yeah
She said I heard you got a little money to burn yeah
She said she knew some things to do, some places we could go
The way she looked I guess I kinda couldn’t say no

Hmm.  Perhaps they are both in this for the wrong reasons.

Then after a not-terribly memorable bridge (in terms of lyric and melody), we move on to verse three, which kicks off with what I consider to be the Best Part at 2:09.  

She’s the kind of a girl you can’t take too much of
She’s the kind of a girl you kinda had enough of
She’s the kind of a girl that can really take up your whole world
The kind of a girl you kinda wish you didn’t know

Like whoa. Things have SOURED.  In 129 seconds, this narrator has gone from never wanting to be physically parted from his new love, to wishing he’d never met the broad.  It’s really kind of the entire plot of Gone Girl, come to think of it.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “FFWDing to the Best Part: “Kind of a Girl,” Tinted Windows (2009)

  1. Ah yes, the cautionary tale. As another one said, she reaches in and grabs right hold of your heart. I didn’t know the song or group, but it’s a smart enough piece of power pop in FoW tradition; Schlesinger’s contributions as a songwriter dwarf the fact that he happens to play bass as well. Pop music badly needs a sense of humor, and this is a good start.

    • I once heard a live version of ‘Invisible Touch’ in which Phil Collins altered the lyrics to say “And though she will [eff] up your life, you want her just the same.” Very unsettling/strange to hear an F-bomb from Phil Collins’ lips.

  2. Pingback: FFWDing to the Best Part: “Invisible Touch,” Genesis (1986) | Neurotic City

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