Got plans for New Year’s Eve? Whether you’ll be a face in the crowd at your area’s version of the ball drop or just hanging with friends at a party, chances are you’re having a better night than the Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison experiences in 1997’s ‘The Ice of Boston’.
The protagonist is alone on New Year’s Eve, working his way through multiple bottles of champagne and lamenting the failure of a romantic relationship. As he stands naked in the kitchen window overlooking a throng of drunken Bostonians wondering if his lost love is out there, he gets a phone call – from his mother.
Humorous and poignant, ‘The Ice of Boston’ is a lyrical masterpiece from a band at the peak of it’s creative powers. I can’t imagine any other frontman name-checking Gladys Knight and the Pips as effortlessly and effectively as Morrison, weaving ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ into his story of hurt and rejection
Like ‘Auld Lang Syne’, ‘The Ice of Boston’ should be required listening for any New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s a reminder to those who have taken it on the chin in 2011 that there’s always someone who’s worse off, and after the hangover fades, there’s a fresh start awaiting in 2012.
The Dismemberment Plan – The Ice of Boston