A Lifeless Ordinary (Need A Little Help)

Album: My Dinosaur Life (2010)
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  • This pensive romp ponders themes of escapism and displacement. Frontman and lyricist Justin Pierre admitted in publicity materials that whilst he has battled all his life demons of indecision and insecurity, he now has hope that a resolution is soon within his grasp. He explained: "I think I'm much more of myself than I've ever been. What does that mean? I'm not sure. I don't think I'm any one thing. All you can do is be responsible for your words and your actions. I don't think I'm there yet, but I have my moments. I think I've come to terms with the fact that I'm comfortable with being uncomfortable."
  • Drummer Tony Thaxton recalled to Alternative Press: "We wrote this song in the fall of 2008 during our first writing session in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I think this was the first thing that we wrote [for the album] that got us really excited and seemed like it had a lot of potential. I remember when we first started it; it was a bit slower and almost had a 'You Don't Know Me' [by Ben Folds] kind of thing going on. We kept playing with it until it finally became the way it appears on the record."
  • Pierre filmed a one-take video for this song with the help of indie director Shane Nelson. The front man cited to Spin Magazine a trio of influences for the clip: "I wanted it to have the coolness and stupidness of Weezer, the absurdity of the Flaming Lips, and the nonchalance of Pavement, like, 'We really don't give a s--t. It combines all these things that I like, all these little nuggets of ridiculousness."
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