ugly women
by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


On second thought, this big thing won't be ready today, so some songs for fun:

Jimmy Soul - "If You Wanna Be Happy". I'm a great fan of this 1963 classic: it's slim, carefree, and the greatest celebration of ugly women that I've ever heard. I dance to it, I sing along, and I enjoy very much when the falsetto kid comes in at the end, like a googly-eyed squid in a Little Mermaid musical number. (q: Is the conversation that starts "I saw your wife the other day" the '63 equivalent of The Streets' "are you paranoid? / yes I'm paranoooid"?)

Four Tet - "She Moves She". My favourite single of 2003 that didn't make Pazz & Jop's top 100. (In fact, only one voting critic - dear, sweet, mysterious Stacy Osbaum - picked it.) I said in my Fave Songs piece:

The gilded tickle of a mandolin, the ringing of bells, a drumbeat for slow-motion dancing. There's a pop melody there, too: the crunch of electric guitar, the frustrated alt.rock noise. And yet that pop song has been cut apart, split up, strung out across beautiful organic sounds, like lanterns on Four Tet's silver clothesline.
What I say now? This song is like a really good kiss, like a broken jukebox kiss, like a kiss that sends you hurtling back past all the bittersweet moments of life, past frozenmemory snapshots of your life, each of them sparking into dust.

other points:
Just spotted Keith's fine mp3 blog, Teaching the Indie Kids to Dance Again, where I heard TV on the Radio for the first time, and verily, I was much intrigued.

Janet Jackson's not-quite-released "Love Me For A Little While" is fabulous. Sort of "Hey Ya!" but without the indie irony (or the all-out epic dance-party genius). I found it on a blog-that-wishes-to-not-be-named (since all of his February bandwidth was swallowed by Ms Jackson alone), and will not be putting it online for similar reasons, but you should all seek it out on P2P tout suite. I like it when Janet says "you-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo," and you probably will too, even if Andrea doesn't.

Oh yes - like matthew at fluxblog says, clapclap's post on a "Pop" dichotomy is terrific analysis, and I think it will even prove useful. kudos.

talk to you later!

Posted by Sean at February 10, 2004 7:55 PM

I think that Jackson single is actually rather vapid, but maybe that's just me.

Posted by Steev at February 11, 2004 2:36 AM

Love the Janet song, but your interpretation of he-who-shall-not's request is interesting. Does that technological limitation enforce obscurism among MP3 blogs? Are you folks going to have to pick songs you don't think too many people will download just in order to stay operational? (Odd reversal of traditional practices, this.) Hmm.

Posted by Eppy at February 13, 2004 6:05 PM

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