My iPod #372: The Futureheads – First Day

“First Day” is a tune from The Futureheads’ first album. The version you hear above is not the same as the one that is on the album. The version on the album is a lot cleaner, production’s makes everything a bit clearer. It’s also a bit faster too. Unfortunately that version is nowhere to be seen on YouTube, so what you get above will have to do.

Just over two minutes long, “First Day” is a punky number filled with quirky guitar lines and those trademark harmonising vocals that the group utilised throughout the debut. I read an interpretation somewhere saying that this song was actually about life, with the first verse welcoming the listener to their first day and the chorus congratulating you on joining the human race….

To be honest, I just think it’s just a song about someone experiencing their first day at their new job. ‘Cause that is what’s explicitly said. It doesn’t get much deeper than that. It seems that on this first day however, the worker is pressured into doing more work and going onto the next stage even though they’re nowhere near ready yet. “Faster, faster” the employees yell, and just as they do the song pace changes too. Not just once, but twice.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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