Yet another Polaroid song, this one by Ted Leo, the brainy postpunk rocker who came to prominence with his band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. My friend Sara has been telling me for years that I need to listen to him, and it just so happens that he has a song that syncs up with my obsession d’année. She’s right: It’s my kind of record, even without the Pola-connection.
One-photo-per-day projects were popular in Polaroid’s heyday, notably the one conducted by Jamie Livingston. What’s interesting here is that he doesn’t offer the usual mix of winsome whimsy that usually pervades songs about Polaroid. Instead, Leo’s attitude is barbed. The desire to make an instant picture every day is twinned with the idea of being controlling, of wanting to shape reality. That’s interesting (although god knows what it says about me), and I like it.
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