Sunday, January 30, 2011

is it truly hip to be square?

You like Huey Lewis and The News?

Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humour.


The Definitive Collection
A few weekends ago I had an evening in with friends. We ate, drank, played table games, and eventually broke out the record player. Before I go any further I should explain that my vinyl collection is a strange mix, mostly gathered from thrift stores and working at a library when they were phasing out their media. As much as I enjoy LPs I wouldn't be called a collector by any stretch. Just wanted to get that out of the way so you'll (maybe) be less likely to judge me.

The group rifled through my records, everyone putting together their own little playlist. When we started the music I noticed a shocking trend: the albums everyone agreed on most as "top plays" were far from what I would have expected. We had Air Supply, Huey Lewis, Men At Work, and Bonnie Tyler. Stevie Wonder's Innervisions made the cut but Willie Nelson did not. We had Wham on reserve while Cat Stevens sat lonely in the discard pile. Maybe this isn't that strange objectively, but this group is primarily plugged into indie rock and a step away from the mainstream, with the exception of the one hardcore rap fan. Huey Lewis wouldn't even seem a viable option until we all realized at once that we did indeed need a new drug.

I suppose there's no real point to this post, other than the impact of nostalgia and finding a common bond in music that may not otherwise make your playlist. It makes for strange bedfellows. Or maybe having a more finite, random playlist brings people to an unexpected common ground. Or maybe I just wanted an excuse to post some pop music from days of yore.

I guess what I'm really saying is this: Never underestimate the power of Air Supply.








This video is louder than the rest. Watch the volume and protect your ears.



I actually kinda hate putting that song in with the others because I think it's really, really good. I'm just running with the theme here. Go buy some Men At Work albums if you don't know them well: their music still stands up today.

         

2 comments:

Karoline said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Mr6WxX0lc&sns=fb

The Little One said...

You say: " Maybe this isn't that strange objectively, but this group is primarily plugged into indie rock and a step away from the mainstream, with the exception of the one hardcore rap fan."

... I know. I am a punk at heart but I love me some sing-along music from your "at-work station" on the radio!