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>perfect pop song of the moment # 9

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>Dawn Penn – No, No, No

The sad truth of my life is that if you give me reverbed girl vocals i will fucking die, thats it, thats all i need. not to mention that this entire song is like a giant reverbed blur of droney reggae, and then, these bitches have the nerve to throw in soloed horns half-way through, are you kidding me? why dont you just kill me. plus i need songs that are built on repetition, i need repetition like air i breathe, and so naming a song “No, No, No” shows promise, and then everything is like a giant reverb machine of repeating beats and choruses, and then the horns repeat their melody, the song is better than smoking a cigarette i swear. I wish my whole life is reverbed


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April 13, 2008 at 2:58 am

>perfect pop song of the moment # 8

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>The Shangri-Las – Right Now and Not Later

Proto-feminist, pre-“R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” this song does for teenage brats like me what aretha did for grown up women, fuck, the opening lines are “listen to me baby and listen real good!” mary weiss’s vocals have this great phil spector-dub quality, and she sounds whiney and pissed, exactly like i was when i was a teenager (hello i’m still a brat). and the xylophone is so cute, plus whatsup with that church organ in the bridge? epic! “you know you’re not treating me as good as you should” HELLO THAT IS STORY OF MY LIFE and what i wish i could say to every person, but the shangs say it for me. so, make this MY THEME SONG and i will play it to all potential friends/beaus and put it on my resume. all i know is if it were 1963 and i were 15 i woulda pulled the curlers out of my hair, stabbed out my cigarette, and gone out to get laid in the back of a car.


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April 3, 2008 at 1:51 am

>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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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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March 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

>perfect pop song of the moment #4

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The Sonics – Shot Down, 1964

Don’t ever underestimate the hand clap, because no joke it can make or break a song. This is the closest the Sonics ever got to making 50’s rock & roll sound fresh and super 60’s. No other band could’ve done this song as well. You know how garage rock can be super polyrhythmic, well this one isn’t, its just straight up high energy and fast paced and is really a perfect pop song.


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March 18, 2008 at 6:01 pm

>perfect pop song of the moment #3

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>The Chiffons – He’s So Fine, 1963

I know I never shut the fuck up about girl groups, and I’m starting to move on stylistically, but if a case for girl group relevance can be made, its probably most arguable with this perfect, less than 2 minute song. the harmonies, the tempo, the subject matter, those drums – the apex of early 60s girl group anonymity, it seems to come from no where, no author, no deviation from the vocal. the shangri-las, the ronettes, the supremes, these groups made perfect pop songs but they had something unique or unusual about their sound, this Chiffon’s song is one of those pop hits that almost sounds like it came out of thin air, its like the Form of the Girl Group Pop Song. it reeks of the early 60’s, its like all the jackie o wigs, pencil skirts, cigarettes, and floral wallpaper got pregnant and birthed this song and what more could I want? You know John Lennon heard this song and was like “ok, those harmonies, we need that shit”. I probably wouldn’t fuck to this song, but I might put it on for the cigarette and smile afterwards. i’d be more likely to put it on as I was smoking cigs and getting ready for a party and pretend that some boy was picking me up in a cadillac.


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March 15, 2008 at 10:32 pm

>perfect pop song of the moment #2

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>Aretha Franklin – Don’t Play That Song (He Lied), Spirit in the Dark, 1970

What song is Aretha talking about when she sings “Don’t Play That Song” in 1970? I’m thinking maybe the tense, nervous, climactic songs of 1968 like Think, Respect, Chain of Fools, See Saw, and the rest of the bunch. Aretha faced identity-liberation head on and by 1970, she just wants to sing. Those 60’s songs are really tight, almost abbrasive, the horns and her voice are always a little confrontational and nervous. Maybe 1970, the year this song came out, was a world away from the disaster of 1968. Her friend Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated and her city Detroit was enveloped in riots in 1968 (Aretha recorded Think a few days after MLK was murdered), and she paid her political dues. People speculate a lot about what happened to the quality of Aretha’s work in the 1970’s, but in the early part of the decade its still good, and its much more relaxed and joyous then her 60’s stuff. Case in point this song. You can tell Aretha loved this song because its the first track on Spirit in the Dark, she gets to open up a little on her piano (and it sounds good), and because she liked to perform it live around this time. For all its stylistic difference, its probably still one of her last songs that had remnants of her 1960’s, the horns at the end remind of her 1968 albums and its still pretty tight, but its a transition song because we can also hear the 1970’s and smoother soul coming head on. So, no, Aretha, you don’t have to play that song because we’re happy to hear this one.


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March 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm

>perfect pop song of the moment #1

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Ray Price – I’ll Be There, 1957

Perfect late 50’s country Nashville sound pop song, simple, clear.


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March 15, 2008 at 4:53 pm

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