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Week 46: Seven Deadly Sins

Preface: This week the theme is simple - the seven deadly sins. We'll do a song for each sin to get us through the week.

Monday (6/02/08): ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man [Eliminator, 1983]
Comments: Our first sin of the week is pride, sometimes referred to as vanity, and roughly defined as an excessive belief in one's own abilities. ZZ Top does a perfect job of covering the vain angle with their ode to smart fashion.

Tuesday (6/03/08): The Who - Pinball Wizard [Tommy 1969]
Comments: Envy, related to jealousy, is a feeling of resentment for a person who possesses something you don't have. In the case of the Pinball Wizard, despite being deaf, dumb, and blind, Tommy is a real master at the game, and you can bet everyone else in the arcade is envious of his talent.

Wednesday (6/04/08): Robin Trower - Fat Gut [Truce, 1981]
Comments: Gluttony refers to over-indulgence, in the context of consuming more than is necessary, or at least reasonable. A fat gut is the telltale sign of a glutton.

Thursday (6/05/08): Foghat - I Just Want To Make Love To You [Foghat, 1972]
Comments: When you start to treat a person as an object purely for your sexual gratification, you're submitting to lust. When you fall into the habit of evaluating people based only on their attraction and none of their other qualities, you're submitting to lust. When the only goal in your life is to score, you're submitting to lust. Lust shuts out all other concerns and screams, "I just want to make love to you."

Friday (6/06/08): Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Joe [The Last DJ, 2002]
Comments: The greedy are never satisfied - they must always have more, even if it means taking it from others. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. And if anyone gets in the way of that cycle of acquisition, they will be crushed.

Saturday (6/07/08): Deep Purple - Lazy [Machine Head, 1972]
Comments: I've said it before, and I'll say it again - sloth is my sin of choice. It's so hard to find motivation in this void of existence to actually get anything done - because what does it really mean in the grand scheme of things? Nothing. Might as well just lie in bed and pass the time away...

Sunday (6/08/08): Procol Harum - Still There'll Be More [Home, 1970]
Comments: Wrath strikes when anger grows unchecked, and is liable to explode into violence if not subdued. Anger is a basic human emotion, but rationality is the key to taming the beast. Little of any worth can be accomplished through wrath, but everybody needs to vent their frustrations now and again - just, hopefully, through constructive means (like in a song!).