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Courtney Barnett - Three Packs a Day

Mixing monosodium glutamate with, er, noodling bass lines, here’s a Valentines Day song with a difference.

Photo: Mike Massaro
When it comes to suitable candidates for Valentine’s Day bae, there are few choices that can compete with a humble pack of instant noodles. That’s certainly the view that Courtney Barnett takes in her new ditty, an all-out love song dedicated to the glorious foodstuff. She loves noodles so much, in fact, that she’s had to make self-imposed cutbacks, limiting herself to a stingy three helpings a day. Amid sweetly-strummed guitars, squealing mouth organ solos, and what could accurately be referred to as an, erm, noodling bass-line, Barnett sings about trading in swanky dinner plans with friends for quietly bubbling saucepans - a feeling almost everybody can surely relate to “That MSG tastes good to me, I disagree with all your warnings,” sings an ever-witty Courtney Barnett, embracing monosodium glutamate and its wondrous flavour-giving properties, despite everyone else’s health and safety concerns. If that isn’t love, then what is?

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