This has to be an homage/tribute/spoof of the rolling stones, very 80's. It's hysterical. I love it.
Neal in SF
Yeah, it sounds just like Beast of Burden.
In his Charlottesville show recap, Dan Miller says Linnell sounds "just like Mick"
Charlottesville is, of course, home of the University of Virginia. It's very much a classic east coast college town, where the buildings are old and the people are young. It's also criscrossed by railroads.
- Living about two hours east of UVA, I can assure that yes, that area outside Charlottesville is a bit... less urbane. Charlottesville's pretty big, though. The song, on the other hand, does refer to the college and outdoor life. "Glazed with alcohol" refers to the boozy parties they throw, the song references that they're a school, in the countryside, and more, though I wager it's nothing more than a spoof (but we know how JL can still write under pressure). -
- I don't think this song captured Charlottesville in any way, shape, or form. Although it is true that when at bars people are known to drink large amounts of alcohol, I can guarantee you that this is true in at least two or three other cities. Circumstantial evidence and hearsay suggests this number may be even larger. And railroads also exist in other places. That being said, I'd say it's difficult to write songs spur-of-the-moment which accurately capture a locale. Although Take Me Out to the Ballgame apparently was written by someone who'd never been to a game before, so who knows.