We recently posted a noisy song, “The Final Day,” by an unnamed artist, and ran a contest asking you to identify the performer. It sounded like it might be the latest in our series of recession songs, or maybe an outright apocalyptic number:
The singer was me. Yeah, it was a song from my old band, The Right Profile — not one of our best songs by a long shot but one that, as a friend wrote to say recently, sounded as if it could have been written about the current economic maelstrom.
I couldn’t believe how many readers thought it was Axl Rose singing. Honestly, I’m barely familiar with him — I went cold turkey on noisy rock after I stopped making it myself — so I don’t know quite how to take that. My tastes ran more toward the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Reed and Hank Williams (Sr.) and Bob Dylan.
As usual with our contests, the correct answer was posted within minutes, in this case by one Dmitri Leybman. He’ll get a piece of Freakonomics schwag for his work.