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.
The first time I’d ever heard of Peter, Bjorn, and John was when I saw the video for “Young Folks” on TV. I’ve mentioned the awesome cable channel Fuse before, which I miss dearly, and its show The Dive. In this section of the compilation, many of the entries will come directly from this source. When we were living together, then-Mister Marts would lightly jab (in his way) about me “keeping up with what the kids are listening to”.
“Young Folks” is part of a recent trend in music: cheesy, upbeat music, with vaguely dark lyrics. It’s sort of an ironic twist on the bubblegum pop phase of music from the ’60s. The video relates much of the same sentiment, with creepy vintage-style animation. Unsurprisingly, the song has been used in a ton of promotional material.
The Swedish trio has a new single out called “Let’s Call It Off”. I don’t like it too much, but I’ll keep my ear to the ground for more. (It’s going to be more difficult without Fuse though! Grr!)
Next time: My favorite band of 2007.