Great Mac McCaughan Moments – Public Enemy

File this under great “did that just happen” moments.  Portastatic released a trio of great albums in the aught’s:

  • Summer of the Shark (2003)
  • Bright Ideas (2005)
  • Be Still Please (2006)

After Summer of the Shark set the standard for this new era of band-based Portastatic I was super excited for Bright Ideas, and it did not disappoint.

The album opens with the title track, a slightly off-beat meandering song in which Mac almost whispers the lyrics before jumping into yelping “oh’s”.  The next two songs, Through With People and White Wave, are great rockers, setting the tone for the album that is decidedly more upbeat than Summer of the Shark.  Then we come to I Wanna Know Girls, a love note to the women in Mac’s life.

I love this song for so many reasons.  The hook, the “do do do’s”, the touching sincerity of the lyrics.  Songs do not typically have climaxes in the same way that novels do, but this song comes to a climax in such an awesome way.

You think we’re in the movies

But movies never move me

Don’t think that you can lose me

‘Cause love is like an uzi

It weighs a ton

Oh yeah my love weighs a ton


Okay, what just happened?  Did Mac just reference a Public Enemy song?  Go back and listen again.  He did, he totally did.  Did he mean to?  Of course, how could that be by accident?  Yes, Mac throws in a reference to the Public Enemy song Miuzi Weighs a Ton off of the 1987 album Yo! Bum Rush the Show.  Too cool for school.

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