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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Heavy Rotation: Disco Fries, Hall & Oates, Kurt Vile, Dizzee Rascal, Busta Rhymes, Mary Hopkin
Disco Fries, "Body Move"
The Disco Fries are currently dancefloor remix monsters, making Top 40 songs palatable and bootytastic for the pulsating club masses. I really don't have much to say about "Body Move" that will shed light or expand upon its artistic and aesthetic qualities; it pretty much speaks for itself, from the practical barebones title to the racy, mildly offensive lyrics to the rubbery electrobeat that makes you want to buh-BUH-buh-BUH like a dumb, happy drunk person. Dance music can legitimately judged solely on its utilitarian purpose, and "Body Move" just works in that respect. It gets you going on the dancefloor, and that's all you really need for a song like this. And any group that names themselves after poutine gets a plus in my book, although I wish they actually wrote disco songs about poutine. My life is so incomplete. (Kat)
Hall & Oates, "Adult Education"
Recently my Facebook husband and I have turned my Facebook wall into an unofficial Hall & Oates lovefest, mostly because I put this song on a recent birthday mix and he went apeshit for it and now we're like "OMG!" and "LOL!" and "STFU!" and annoying everyone on the stupid Live Feed about how Hall & Oates were pop geniuses. This is probably the uncoolest Heavy Rotation contribution I will ever make, but for the sake of infecting more people with the Hall & Oates virus, I don't care. I know they're undergoing a hipster lovefest at the moment, and I don't care about that, too. All I care about is that "Adult Education" is like if Hall & Oates felt like writing a Bruce Springsteen lyric set to a Lamont Dozier rhythm and melody, all slicked up with that glossy 80s-style production. This whole paean to precocious, restless high school girls toes that perfect line of salacious and cautionary. It's so bloody brilliant that I can't get over it, although I can get over the weird video they did for it...dudes, what was that all about? (Kat)
Kurt Vile, "Overnite Religion"
I feel like if I were a dude, and capable of writing songs, there's a fightin' chance they'd come out sounding something like this. Which maybe means that Kurt Vile is my soul twin, which makes me regret missing out on seeing him at Spaceland a couple weeks back. Plus he's pretty lovely-looking and I would've liked to bring him a Lion bar or something. (Liz)
Dizzee Rascal, "That's Not My Name"
I have no idea how this Ting Tings cover ended up on my iPod; perhaps Pillz put it there. But it came through my earbuds while I was stomping through the hills of Silver Lake last week and now it's my third favorite thing in the world today. Thanks, Pillz! (Liz)
Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy and Pharrell, "Pass the Courvoisier, Pt. II"
Remember how in my last week's Snapshot I mentioned that the #1 most-played song on my iTunes is "Apeman" by the Kinks, and #2 is Cornershop's semi-lame "Brimful of Asha", but mysteriously omitted my third runner-up? That's because it's "Pass the Courvoisier" by Busta Rhymes, a song I apparently prefer to every single Beatles song. I am not embarrassed by a whole lot, "unhumiliatable," is a made-up adjective I will often use to describe myself- but this, this new "loving 'Pass the Courvoisier' more than the Beatles" dimension of my being, this is embarrassing to me. Embarrassing, and also weird. Pre- "Most Played-ing my iTunes", I recognized that I really liked this song, but not like this. Not like this. Never like this. Last summer, I Twittered something along the lines of "Feminism, or 'Pass the Courvoisier'? I feel like I have to choose one, and go with it." Clearly, l have made my choice, and I have chosen the way-worse option. (Laura Jane)
Mary Hopkin, "Goodbye"
In case why you're wondering why this song is SO INSANELY SICK YOU CAN'T EVEN DEAL WITH IT, the answer is:
Because Paul McCartney wrote it. (Laura Jane)
Tags: Better Than The Beatles, buh-BUH-buh-BUH, Busta Rhymes, Disco Fries, Dizzee Rascal, Facebook husbands, Hall and Oates, Kurt Vile, Laura loves the Beatles, Lion bars, Mary Hopkins, Paul McCartney, Pillz the Cat, poutine, soul twins, The Ting Tings, Twitter
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