1.18.2011

Best of 2010 #4: Carissa's Wierd - They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003

Carissa's Wierd - They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003
Grade: A-
Recommended Songs:
  • Low Budget Slow Motion Soundtrack Song For The Leaving Scene, 
  • You Should Be Hated Here, 
  • Ignorant Piece of Shit, 
  • September Come Take This Heart Away, 
  • *** Sofisticated Fuck Princess, Please Leave Me Alone

Hometown: Seattle, WA



This might be a party foul of sorts because these songs were released between 1993 and 2003, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to talk about Seattle band Carissa's Wierd.


Carissa's Wierd (yes weird is intentionally spelled "wierd") isn't best known for something.  They didn't have a massive hit single, or a standout track on Dawson's Creek. So, you didn't miss being hip in the mid to late 90s. Or did you? A notable member of the band is Ben Bridwell who later left to go off and form Band of Horses. Word on the street is that he was a bartender for a long time at hip Seattle music club Neumo's while he was in the band.


On to the music.  This band's music is so beautiful and sad. This is largely due to the way the male and female lead singers use their guitars, the subdued vocals and the violin in their music.  For me personally, their music has been a standby for 5 or 6 years. Songs like "Ignorant Piece of Shit" stayed in my head for weeks and would routinely fill me with a hankering to listen to them.  Here's "Ignorant Piece of Shit":





Additionally, the violin and piano duet that opens this song is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.  The vocals only add.  Here's "September Come Take This Heart Away":

*** On the whole, I agree with the songs that were chosen for this disk, but take great issue that their song "sofisticated fuck princess, please leave me alone" wasn't included, maybe because of the f-bomb in the title.  The song is incredible.  Listen here:


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