My friend Louie just hit me up on IM and the Ida Maria song Louie popped into my head. I wanted to play him the song, and also realized that I'd never written about Ida Maria, and I really love her.
I can't help thinking she came out in the wrong era. If she'd released this album alongside Blondie in the 80's I feel like this could have had big hits, and they'd be playing Drive Away My Heart at weddings across the country.
But maybe there's just something too spiky, too howling, too raw, too hookless to really be popular. I think I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked was meant to be the hit, and it has a damn cool video, but I can't say it's my favorite song on the album:
Cute huh? Ok, then let's get right to the Louie and play the Louie song for Louie![audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/03-Louie.mp3|titles=Ida Maria – Louie]
And then the songs I really like the most. First of all the bomb album opener Oh My God. Weirdly when this album came out I used to like to put this on as I started off to work, and I'm sure if I were a girl it's the kind of thing I'd rock out to in the mirror while I put on lipstick:[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/01-Oh-My-God.mp3|titles=Ida Maria – Oh My God]
And her drunken send-off, Queen of the World, where she explains why she's so damn drunk:
I got no plans for tomorrow
I got no plans in sight
In fact I'm free this week
I'm free this month
Lonely this year
I'm lonely forever
But you know, tonight she's Queen of the World. She bumps into things. She spins around in circles.[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/09-Queen-Of-The-World.mp3|titles=Ida Maria – Queen Of The World]
I'm not sure why Ida Maria Sivertsen's songs have stuck with me for so long, but to each his own right?