Tunde Adebimpe has got to be one of the coolest dudes. Or at least seemingly so. I watched Rachel Getting Married the other night and I couldn’t figure out where I had seen him before. As the credits came on, I realized he was the very handsome and stylish lead singer of the Brooklyn based band, TV on the Radio.
I’m a big fan of their latest record, Dear Science and this song i’m posting in particular, “Family Tree.” In an interview with the A.V. Club, he was quoted as saying this about the song. “I’ve been in situations, and known people in situations, where someone’s pure affection was unfortunately affected by outside sources. The terrain of a person’s heart really isn’t under the jurisdiction of anybody but that person, and in that song, it’s an older generation condemning a relationship between two people for reasons that they probably had to deal with when they were younger. Like, “Well, when I was your age, I fell in love with so-and-so, and that was nothing but hell for me…” The “old idea” in the lyrics is bigotry, which could relate to race, to gender, to sexuality… People have their reasons for doing that, but it makes for such a waste of what could be a really short life.”
Anyway, it’s a beautiful song. Enjoy.