.

Lee Ranaldo Explores Distress on 'Ambulancer' – Song Premiere

Check out the new track from the guitarist's latest solo album

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust
John Von Pamer
September 27, 2013 11:15 AM ET

If you don't know what an ambulancer is, that's OK. Neither does Lee Ranaldo. But it is the title of the latest cut off his new solo album, Last Night on Earth, and comes from a place close to his heart. "When this song started out, on acoustic guitar, the riff that I began with reminded me of Neil Young's 'Ambulance Blues' in some way – which is a song I love dearly," Ranaldo tells Rolling Stone. "It's turned out nothing like that but that initial spark carried over into the finished lyrics."

Where Does Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation' Rank on Our 100 Greatest Albums of the Eighties?

The track itself finds the Sonic Youth guitarist and his band the Dust charging forward in a melodic, yet agressive manner, with direct allusions to an ambulance being in one's head and eyeballs filling with blood. If it sounds disturbing, fear not: Ranaldo's still figuring out if it is indeed that dark. "It's not yet clear to me what this song is really about. I know what it’s about on the surface, some of it is obvious, but there is something behind those meanings that I haven't put my fingers on yet. On the surface it's about someone who is in great distress; at a loss for how to move forward in life, perhaps beyond reach."

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust's Last Night on Earth is out October 8th on Matador.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
New and Hot Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com