Song-A-Day: February 1

Welcome to February everybody, these are the moments when we realize seemingly meaningful statistics like how 2014 is already 1/12th over by some measure. Today’s Song-A-Day is going to tie back to Yo La Tengo because I found such a joy in learning the story about how they chose their band name earlier today (I’m a sucker for stuff like that), and thus our chosen song for today will be by the band and off of their album I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One. The terrific “Sugarcube”

Whatever you want from me
Whatever you want I’ll do
Try to squeeze a drop of blood
From a sugarcube

Try to be more assured
Try to be more right there
Try to be less uptight
Try to be more aware

Whatever you want from me
Is what I want to do for you
Sweeter than a drop of blood
From a sugarcube

And though I like to act the part of being tough
I crumble like a sugarcube for you

Whatever you want from me
Whatever you want I’ll do
And I will try

Whatever you want from me
Whatever you want I’ll do
Try to squeeze a drop of blood
Squeeze a drop of blood
From a sugarcane

How ‘Yo La Tengo’ Chose Their Band Name

I was browsing the wikipedia artist page for Yo La Tengo and came across this gem about how the band chose their name and how it relates to the 1962 New York Mets.

Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed the band as a husband/wife duo in 1984. They chose the name “Yo La Tengo” (Spanish for “I have it”; or referring to a female-gender object or person, also “I’ve Got Her”) in an effort to avoid any connotations in English. The name came from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, New York Mets Center Fielder Richie Ashburn and VenezuelanshortstopElio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!” instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words “¡Yo la tengo!” as a way to avoid outfield collisions.[2] After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the hell is a Yellow Tango?”.[3]   –Wikipedia page for Yo La Tengo

 

I love when I learn things like this about bands, any other awesome band name stories you know of? Tell in the comments