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>i don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all

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>but who does she think she is?

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Written by alexgfrank

March 26, 2008 at 7:04 pm

>Perfect Pop Song of the Moment #7

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>Erkin Koray – Kizlari da Alin Askere

Marshall McLuhan interviewed James Brown (I woulda loved to be in the room with those two), and Brown said there was no way he could sing like he sings in any other language but English. Neither of them explain why that could be, and I think McLuhan would be safe enough these days not to ask a question like that, but as anglo-ist as it is, I wonder what it means to a listener to be aurally invested in words they can’t understand. I don’t know about anyone else, but I grew up with a musical narrative tradition, the cult of the song-writer who pours out his intelligence in pithy verses and choruses. Bob Dylan, John Lennon, all that shit. Hell, who’s given more respect for those Supremes songs that I love so much, Diana Ross or Holland-Dozier-Holland? My point is, pop music fans throw more respect to song-writers than performers. I mean Britney Spears was the most popular performer in the world, but I remember her going to PAINS to prove she wrote songs that were “introspective” and “adult”. Thats why I think its great that Erkin Koray might have gone to pains to write the most lyrically profound song in the world, and I don’t know a word he’s saying and I bob my head to that shit anyway. His vocal performance is supreme, and performance, I think, tells as much of a story as lyrics. Can you imagine the sweet words hes saying? I know I can, maybe I’m just too sentimental, but I like using my imagination. And no offense to King James Brown, but I think Koray is as effective in Turkish as Brown is in funky English.

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Written by alexgfrank

March 24, 2008 at 9:52 pm

>perfect pop song of the moment #6

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>Frank Wilson – Do I Love you

This is the Northern Soul song of the 60’s, and Frank Wilson wrote a lot of the Motown b-sides that became Northern Soul favorites, but this one really epitomizes how Northern Soul glamorized the intersection between pop and soul. This is Motown machine at its very best, this song is as compact as any song the Funk Brothers ever played on, but Frank Wilson takes it over the top with his gospel-style vocals. See, 60’s soul songs are great when they balance the church and the bedroom as well as this one does. Frank Wilson is “down on bended knee” and he “prays the lord my soul to keep”, but who could mistake this for a sermon? The Supremes or the Four Tops could have easily recorded this song, but its Wilson’s exuberence that sends it over the top – soul-pop at its joyous best, it makes us raise our hands and look to the sky, but its not God we’re looking for up there.

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Written by alexgfrank

March 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

>what do you think they talked about?

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March 19, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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>its better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody

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March 19, 2008 at 7:47 pm

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>i’ve been on xanax, vicodin, and wine for three days and this is what happens

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March 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm

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>perfect pop song of the moment #5

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March 18, 2008 at 6:07 pm