I know it’s only Sunday, but this song was on my mind and I didn’t want to forget, so I’m posting this early. I thought I’d forget about it by Monday, so I had to call this a “weekend melody” instead.
“First” by Cold War Kids is one of the rare newer songs that will ever appear in this series. Unlike most of the more recent dance and pop music that has dominated the airwaves since 2009 – 2011 or so, “First” both rocks and also has emotional depth. I do like much of the newer EDM and pop, but as a teenager of the ’70s and a twentysomething of the ’80s, my heart will always remain that of a rock fan, and the vast majority of post-2010 music doesn’t, well, rock. This one does — and at the same time seems current and relevant.
Not only is this an outstanding song, the video for it is phenomenal. I love the non-linear structure of the story. It seems to be about someone with a drinking or drug problem that gets in the way of his relationships, but without the video, I think it the song could also be describing a relationship with someone suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, with or without the chemical substances.