On the new Destroyer album, Poison Season, you’ll find three different versions of Times Square — an opener, a closer, and a ’70s rock take on the song right in the middle. While that might seem like a strange move for most bands, it makes sense for Dan Bejar. During an interview with Pitchfork, he even broke it all down:
It’s a straight-ahead song in a lot of ways. But that’s why it couldn’t just be that version of the song on the record. I really despise pop music these days, so I can’t have people walking away humming songs. I’m totally about drawing lines in the sand: We’ve done this postmodern shrugging of the shoulders for a while now, and it hasn’t really worked out, so if I make pop music at this point, it’s by accident.
We’ve got the “accidental pop” version of the song for you to download. Get it while you can, because it’s only available for the next week!