shop vac is looking at the suburban family post-kid, where you have the couple whose relationship and lives have been dominated by the kids until all of a sudden that prop was kicked out from under them, and now they're sort of in free fall.
Besides "You Ruined Everything", which as Angelastic mentions takes that theme in a different direction, compare also "Brookline" (with its list of "things that I do now that I've been imprisoned in the suburbs"), etc.
It certainly makes sense as a post-kid family. Is this how other people interpret it?
He sure seemed to be saying that there was something peculiar about Brookline in particular when he played it in Brookline. He has a complex about it. I sure hope other suburbs aren't like that.
"...waiting for the day when all the kids grow up and leave us here..."I don't see how it could be post-kid, am I missing something?
But if it's so obvious that living the American Suburban Dream causes [actually, I don't really see the causal connection, apart from that you have a roof to vacuum. Well, I guess kids are a major part of it, but we have a much better song about that] such angst, then why does the dream persist?
This song is a relative of Talking Heads's "Once in Lifetime,"
As I was driving the three hours home form central CA today, I got to thinking that a gender-bent version of Shop Vac could be very interesting. Mostly the same lyrics, but with the narrator switched, some of the lines become even more heartbreaking. "When I need you / You are downstairs / With the Shop Vac ...."
It speaks to how the little decisions that we make throughout our lives can lead us away from those things that we wanted to pursue when we were young. It's a song of regret. And Angelastic must be very lucky indeed if she can't yet relate to that. :-)
and even today i could easily imagine someone who's never heard of fountains of wayne and hasn't seen the sopranos and doesn't really hear that message very much.
This is me doing Fountains of Wayne - you know, funny tragic suburban angst power pop ennui, etc. I started recording this one before it was written, which is something I never do. But I knew I was going to do hand claps in the chorus and I couldnt wait. I came up with the chorus when I was actually using a shop vac (which is awesome by the way, it sucks up everything).
Well, you can always steer back towards the things you wanted to pursue.
Obviously it's nowhere near as easy as going in the right direction in the first place.
@Covenant: I proved Lex wrong on an insignificant point. What else do you want?