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“A Song From Under The Floorboards” by Magazine [Peel Session Version]

The great thing about living in Chicago (and I imagine other major cities) is that there are still some indie/alt FM radio listening options. In Chicago, we have the legendary XRT from which I have learned about so many songs (primarily songs before my time on Earth).

One day they played “A Song From Under the Floorboards” by Magazine. I loved it immediately, and I found an even better version, posted below, from famed BBC 1 DJ John Peel’s “Peel sessions”.

I added both versions to my rotation and have been listening to it a lot lately. Lots of people think this song is a reference to Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, but much like the meaning of the book itself, that is open to some interpretation. And others say this song is a reference to Dostoevsky’s Notes from [the] Underground, which sounds a bit more accurate. And to me, the track’s namesake and chorus only makes me think of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Regardless, this song is definitely about self-loathing, but it BUMPS.

My friend Vinny, who recently swapped playlist with me and will be getting his own post soon, was very quick to share his opinion about this version.

I’m not even going to link the Morrissey version here because quite frankly, I don’t want to be associated with it. 🙂

The Complete John Peel Sessions by Magazine can be heard on Spotify (or whatever you use!).