Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
Early in 2007, some of music’s most innovative artists came together to release a collaborative album entitled The Good, the Bad, and the Queen. This group includes Damon Albarn, the force behind the bands Blur (perhaps the quintessential britpop band) and Gorillaz (a personal favorite), Paul Simonon of The Clash, Simon Tong of The Verve, and drummer/composer Tony Allen. The concept of the album was a description of modern-day London in musical form. Track 4 on my summer CD is “Herculean”, the first single from the album, and another iTunes Song of the Week. It’s light on the lyrics and heavy on the instrumentation, a smooth, mind-bending tour of The Square Mile’s back alleys. This is music ahead of its time, folks: check it out.
Next time: a band from Las Vegas popular despite the ambiguity of their lyrics.