Labour of Love I seem to recall loathing this song. It’s asking a lot of a teenager to get up off the couch to lift the needle and put it back down on the next track. I’d sit through a presidential address rather than get up to change the channel, but this song turned me into a man (boy) of action, it triggered me. I mean, this is textbook filler, and filler should know it’s place, keep it’s head down. This song begged for attention, right from the top, with Dave’s sub-Hendrix sabre rattling ‘Here Comes the Bride.’ A lyric that speaks like the guy who thinks he’s the life of the party when he’s actually sending everyone he meets scrambling to find their coats. Track three was the worst conceivable position, meaning I couldn’t easily avoid this song. I had gone with friends to see Steve Martin in The Man With Two Brains, which was released one week prior to State of Confusion, so they share a bunk bed in my memory. But it seems now that I am of two minds regarding this ‘Labour of Love.’ (still dislike the movie, though) The song hasn’t changed, have I? I can press a button and the song disappears, yet I won’t. Have I gotten lazier, or just more accepting for what it is? In my final analysis, had I been filling out the line-up card, I’d have sat this one, moved up ‘Come Dancing’ to third, and started ‘Long Distance’, maybe at the end of Side One. And you don’t have to be Buck Showalter to see the wisdom in that.