- Bicycle Race by Queen: My favorite band of all time, Queen could have recorded the phone book and I'd have been happy, but this song has been in my head lately. I like how it combines so many elements: the shouty verses, the classic Queen style operatic sounding harmonies, and the pop culture references -- an out of character move.
- Heartland by U2: My other favorite band of all time, U2 have a lot of songs that people baffle me by completely overlooking, and this is one of them. Even my other U2-super-fan friend isn't that into this song, and I just don't get it. It's so intimate and evocative, it makes me feel timeless and placeless, totally enveloped.
- I Wanna Be Your Lover by La Bionda, mixed by Annie: I make it no secret that I love Norwegian electro pop phenom Annie, but I'd really like to take a minute to mention how awesome her DJ Kicks album is -- specifically, her spacey mix of I Wanna Be Your Lover by La Bionda. Annie herself has never claimed to be an expert DJ -- her skill is purely in getting people onto the floor, not in deft mixing -- and this song totally proves how she doesn't really have to be. It makes you want to slink around and shake it even though, taken on its own, it's kind of dissonant.
- Tony and the Beat by The Sounds: I got to review this album for work, and of course, since the record came out in spring, I associate it with warm weather. I personally think this whole cd is sassy pop bliss, but Tony and the Beat kicks it up many notches. I LOVE how Maja Ivarsson half sings, half yells, and the hook on this song is so sharp, it will stay in my head for weeks after I hear it.
- Music is My Hot Hot Sex by Cansei de ser Sexy: This is another album that I associate with summer because that's when I reviewed the album. I loved this song from day one, it has an unbeatably sexy pop hook and I love the playful, Engrish style of the lyrics. Alas, this song was later licensed for an iPod commercial and henceforth I couldn't play it for anyone because everybody had already heard of it and gotten sick of it. In fact, CSS seems to have been overly drenched in indie cred and subsuquently brushed off, but it makes no difference to me. I liked them when nobody had heard them and I like them now.
- Heat of the Moment by Asia: It doesn't get much nerdier than this. There's a lot of nostalgia in my love for this track, because it's the kind of thing I've been hearing on the radio for basically my whole life. But of course, I'm not ashamed to admit that I earnestly think it's a great song. I love that whole world of bombastic late 70's - early 80's pop rock. It's so guileless. I completely relate to it. Also, on an insanely oblique level, it feels like summer music to me because it sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack to an early 80's camp film where people wear tube socks. Or at least in a parody, like Wet Hot American Summer. Anyway, I like to call the whole style Tube Sock Rock.
- Standing in the Way of Control by the Gossip: I am so glad that the Gossip are finally getting some real attention from the media, because they're just effing tremendous, and I couldn't have picked a better single than the title track off this cd for them to bust glamorously into the public consciousness. Subversive but catchy, danceable but fierce, I could listen to it on a loop. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Beth Ditto has a kick ass set of pipes -- or take no prisoners, punk-grew-up-and-put-on-some-heels style.
Jun 25, 2008
Eye scream, you scream.
I was tagged recently by no less than five of my friends to participate in this meme, so I guess I'd better not flake out. The instructions are to pick seven songs you're really into at the moment (variations on the meme include focusing on songs that remind you of summer) and write a little blurb about why you like each.
tags: What I Wore