It’s funny what song titles can evoke in the mind of a music fan, why it’s important for people to scour articles and interviews for the names of songs they probably won’t hear for months. But titles are important. They stoke the imagination in countless ways as to the potential character of a song. I was so excited when I saw the name “Hitchhiker” listed as slated for Lost Dogs. It reminded me of CCR’s “Sweet Hitchhiker”, a sawdust and diesel-smelling classic rock song, baked in the earth and just… dirty. Here was yet another outtake from the Binaural sessions, but unlike “Fatal”, “Education”, hell–even “Sweet Lew”, this one somehow was never mentioned by the band prior to that album. So I couldn’t wait for what I anticipated to be a good heavy rock song a la “Insignificance”. Then I heard it. What. The. Hell. Oh the curse of high expectations! “Hitchhiker” isn’t all that horrendous, just not what I’d expected or hoped for. It’s a strange song–directly addressing the annoyances that go along with fame, but in a completely different way than say, “Not For You”, or even “4/20/02”. There’s less rage than the former, less utter sorrow and bitterness than the latter, just a pissed-off rant about moochers that sounds like a superhero theme song from the ’60s. A fun surprise on Lost Dogs for the kids who thought they had it all, but ultimately not all that memorable.