“I’m tryin, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin'”
reappears, 25 years after Slanted and Enchanted, in Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar””:
Both songs are lopey and talky. Stephen Malkmus is talking over the Fall’s “A New Face in Hell.” Gomez is talking over “Psycho Killer.” Gomez, unlike Malkmus, tells you what she’s trying to do, or trying to not do. I don’t think this blunts the basic ambiguity of the line — I’m trying to do something, but also, yeah, I’m a little trying, aren’t I?
Bonus track: Julian Cope, “Try Try Try.” Your famous victory will be no victory!