Wednesday, September 21, 2011

John Wesley Harding - There's A Starbucks (Where The Starbucks Used To Be)

If you've been to any of the "Cabinet Of Wonders" show, you know that John Wesley Harding has a god-given talent for taking the piss.  That talent is certainly not in short supply with the singer-songwriter's latest track (video above) "There's A Starbucks (Where The Starbucks Used To Be)".

Thematically, the track is something of a modern-day update to the Talking Heads' "Nothing But Flowers", minus the irony.  Instead, it is imbued with a tongue and cheek rant about the travails of modern capitalism, and how it's removing all the lovely bits of the world, with Starbucks being the one thing you can count on.  Yes, you read that correctly.

The lyric is exactly the type of humor that makes Harding's recent shows so delightful, and is in line with what one might expect from Elvis Costello if he were left to navigate a summer camp sing-along.  The instrumentation is a straight-forward affair, leaving us to focus on Harding's voice which, as always, is in top form.  Needless to say, this new songwriting tidbit is enough to get us readily back on the JWH bandwagon and prepare ourselves for the next installment of the Cabinet Of Wonders.

John Wesley Harding's Cabinet Of Wonders Kicks Off a 3-show run this Friday at the City Winery.