posted on Dec, 29 2007 @ 02:49 AM
Peter Laughner's home recording of "Ain't It Fun" gets my vote. While in the band Rocket from the Tombs (not to be confused with Rocket from the
Crypt =/), he wrote the lyrics for this song and typically sang it during live shows. Cheetah Chrome wrote the music. RFTT later split into two
groups: Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys. The latter recorded a version that became a seminal punk classic. Guns-N-Roses would later cover the Dead Boys
version on The Spaghetti Incident.
The original was much bluesier.
In the home recording, Peter says "This song is called Ain't It Fun, You're Gonna Die Young, and it's dedicated to Jane Scott, so she'll
stay forever young, forever 16 -- she won't die young."
Not long afterwards, Peter died at the age of 24. Jane Scott would, of course, go on to be the world's oldest living rock journalist. My best
friend in college was the first person to introduce me to this song. He died a couple of years later at the age of 23.
It is the song that most haunts me. "Ain't it fun when you're always on the run / Ain't it fun when your friends despise what you've become..."
There just isn't another song that affects me quite the same way.
Additionally, I'd vote for "Famous Blue Raincoat" by Leonard Cohen, "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" by Johnny Thunders, "Into Dust"
by Mazzy Star, "Barefoot in the Dark" by Dax Riggs (from the first deadboy & the Elephantmen album If This is Hell, Then I'm Lucky).
Actually, pretty much all of Dax's songs are haunting. That's been his niche for well over a decade now.