To mark the arrival of Nate Ruess' solo debut, Grand Romantic, we asked the fun. singer to run through every track on the LP. Then, for a twist, we played the frontman five songs, old and new, and quizzed him on his thoughts.
This is a little more bluesy than the Elton John I'm accustomed to, but it's great. He sounds pretty amazing on the track. Right now it's stuck in my head.
If I were to hear this for the first time, I wouldn't say right off the bat that it's Lou Reed. But then you realize how cool it is, so you're like, "This has to be Lou Reed." I love the fact that his vocal is so up and dry on the recording. It's essentially spoken word. It kind of reminds me of the Dire Straits track "Romeo and Juliet." It's interesting how those guys went back to Shakespeare and found different ways to reinvent classic romance.
You know what's crazy? I always see the name Rusted Root, and I never knew who they were. Then I pulled this track up yesterday in bed. My girlfriend was next to me, and she started freaking out. She loved the track! If that's what Rusted Root sounds like, I'm so down for the cause. I'm about to get their album.
When I was growing up in the Nineties and Siamese Dream came out, I was more into the accessible stuff, like "Disarm" and "Today." I never really gave "Cherub Rock" the love it deserved until I pulled it up yesterday, and I knew every single part. Billy Corgan is freaking phenomenal on guitar. Every single thing on this is a hook. That's such a testament to him.
This is the perfect song if you have ADD. The way Nicki says "laser" is so cool and memorable.
Diet Cig is the best band name I've ever heard. I say that as I have a cigarette. [Laughs] The song reminds me of this band called Lemuria that I listen to all the time. Lyrically and structurally, it's fucking awesome. It's barely two minutes, which is such a great length. I was begging for more by the time it was over.
Thank you for introducing me to the best song of the year. It's tough to even listen to any other song — I just want to listen to "Dimed Out." I've been talking to all my friends about it. The energy is perfect, and the bridge is so fucking spectacular. Those are the best lyrics I've heard in forever. I want to get a tattoo of those bridge lyrics across my face.