Finn is just a character from a song by The Smiths

Last week’s podcast uses The Smiths track “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” as the theme song (and inspiration for the title).  I chose that song somewhat on a lark because I thought it’d be funny to contrast super emo The Smiths with a kids’ cartoon about an adventurer and his dog fighting for the candy kingdom.  It’s lark, but I also felt there was a kernel of truth in there: PB becomes a 13-year-old, she and Finn get really f-ing close over the first few episodes of season 3, and then PB is restored to adulthood and totally blows Finn off.  And that becomes the story with Finn over the next couple of seasons as he struggles with his unrequited affections for PB and all that crazy business that happens with Flame Princess.  So, it seemed appropriate to chose a song about loneliness to intro our podcast about the beginning of the “PB dream” (Finn’s “dream” that he and PB could ever be a thing).

Then it occurred to me that there are tons of songs by The Smiths that could easily be used to describe Finn and his emo struggles.

  • This Charming Man“: Will nature make a man of me yet?
  • How Soon Is Now“: You shut your mouth / How can you say / I go about things the wrong way? / I am human and I need to be loved / Just like everybody else does
  • The Boy With The Thorn In His Side“: The boy with the thorn in his side / Behind the hatred there lies / A murderous desire for love

Basically, I can play this game all day long, picking a song by The Smiths and telling you how it relates directly to Finn.  And, in all truth, I’m sure we could do this with just about any musical group and Finn.  So maybe this association between Finn and The Smiths reveals more about me than anything else?

Alright, that’s an uncomfortable thought for everyone here, so let’s just drop that right now.

Anyway, I think the Finn/The Smiths link lasts only until season 5, when the show turns away from Finn’s teenage anguish and lust towards more existential questions.  Which I think is good because, ultimately, that’s what this show is about: a young boy completely unmoored from his history and natural place in the universe trying to discover who he is.  This is much more interesting than even the most The Smiths song ever, “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.”  If you’re not familiar with The Smiths, then believe me when I tell you that this is The Smiths taken to their fullest logical conclusion.  Witness:

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes in to us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine

Queue the eye roll.


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