This is just such a unique song. How in the world can they have rap/chorus (“I’m a… High… Plains… Drifter…”) and then rap over it, and it still works? Yeah, I know I used the em tag three times in that last sentence, but seriously, WTF?? One of my favorite songs.
Honorable mention: Rhyming “cellular” and “the hell you were.” Love it. This song just sounds so badass. The little side-stick (cowbell?) tap-out, rock drum kit, Eagles bass line, the orgasmic background sampling.
Best of all, it’s a story. Many songs are just concepts, or about lost love or being in a rock band. My favorite songs are the ones that paint a picture, that tell a story. When a song does that, you remember it.
I bet High Plains Drifter was incredibly fun to produce. I put the over under on how many times they said, “do you think we can get away with this?” at 17.
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