Striptease, as the video implies, was inspired by the fan furor over a certain celebrity who probably couldn’t even brush his teeth in private for a while there. The whole theme of the Celebrity Boyfriends album is the weirdness of celebrity culture and how as fans we feel like we know these people, like we own them, like they owe us something more than their art. We expect them to reveal everything. But in reality, the celebrity only reveals what they want, often carefully choreographed.
Rock star vs. model is a little tongue-in-cheek look at how the ugliest of rock star boys seem to attract the prettiest of models…and mixes that notion up with the brevity of many celebrity relationships.
I wanna be a punk rock singer is one of my personal favorites. The off-kilter guitar, more tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and that arpeggiated synth.
I usually don’t publish lyrics, but someone nicely asked so here you go:
Striptease—Maps for Sleep
It’s getting uneasy, the ways that you tease me, bring on my personal meltdown
Break through my levee, casually selling, me up the river of no return.
It’s getting uneasy, the ways that you please me, every night in my daydreams
I don’t even know you, but I want to show you, everything I can be and…
Chorus: I, I don’t know why, I don’t know why.
I guess I like the way you draw your smile
I, I don’t know why, I want to tear you apart, you apart
Lights go out, the curtain parts
Your whole self stretched out on the platform
For all to see, peck and feed
Even me, even me
And I don’t know how, you do it,
Stand there naked with such grace
Even me, even me, I want to tear you apart
It’s getting uneasy, the ways that you tease me (repeats to fade)