songbook: wolf like me

In M|H’s weekend feature, songbook, I’ll be looking at some of my favorite songs. Some I haven’t listened to in years, some I keep in regular rotation, but all having in some way informed my life, my taste, and and how I view music.

TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me

Like a bite from a werewolf, TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me” is infectious and won’t leave me until a silver bullet pierces my heart and shuffles me off this mortal coil. From the first time I heard it, I knew we were one. The drumbeat gets me dancing before the song even starts to take off, and the breakdown is as close to spiritual as I’m going to come. The lyrics serve a dual purpose, literally spinning a werewolf’s tale as well as playing out as an allegory for all-consuming passionate love. Mostly though, it’s about the music. I rarely get away with just listening to it once through, going so far as to rewind, so to speak, when it pops up on shuffle. I dare you to listen and not catch the disease.

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