Craig Finn, John Samson’s lyrics & Weakerthans tattoos
a coffee cup and some plastic daffodils (CRED)
I always stress how great the lyrics are when I introduce someone to the Weakerthans. The music might have to grow on you, but their words allow you to instantly follow along. So, this quote by Craig Finn of the Hold Steady was cool to read:
John Samson from the Weakerthans—he is the lyricist that I can say, without hesitation, is better than I am. But almost everyone else I think I'm in contention with. [Other favorites are] Blake Schwarzenbach from Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil, obviously Dylan, Springsteen—that kind of thing. But John Samson is the best right now. [Craig to the Stranger] (via)
I also agree with Craig (about himself) - he (Craig) is a good lyricist too. The Hold Steady are on tour with Art Brut.
Not surpringly, it wasn't that hard to find a few pictures of Weakerthan lyric-inspired tattoos. That one above with the plastic daffodils is the best. Two more tattoo pics, and some videos for you to sing along with, below....
The Weakerthans - "Psalm for the Elk's Lodge Last Call"
The Weakerthans - My Favorite Chords (live)
I wait in 4/4 time (CRED)
The Weakerthans - The Reasons
The Weakerthans recently played Webster Hall in NYC.