It’s easy for the perfect pop-song “Genghis Khan” to seduce you. It has a contagious drum beat, breathy vocals about jealousy, and a catchy and witty chorus that anyone can relate to. Who hasn’t gone a little Genghis Khan over a lover? Plus, the video is brilliant.
Miike Snow is an all-male trio from Sweden who lean heavily on synthesizers and Andrew Wyatt’s falsetto singing, sometimes electronically manipulated. Almost all of the songs depart from the upbeat pop song that is “Genghis Kahn,” but that doesn’t mean the album isn’t worth exploring. It is full of strong, melodic songs such as the album’s first single, “Heart Is Full.” The song is built around a sample of Marlena Shaw’s song, “Waiting For Charlie To Home.” The sample lends a desperate tone to Wyatt’s pleading throughout the song to avoid a broken heart.
“My Trigger,” the album’s opener, is ripped right out of the electro-funk era of the late 70s and early 80s. It has all the markings of a perfect pop song — whimsical lyrics, a great hook, and an upbeat x-factor that envelopes the song. “The Heart Of Me” transports you back to the latter parts of the 80s borrowing from Nu Shooz and Information Society. “I Feel The Weight” is a heavily-produced, heartfelt song that works as an intermission for the album’s later songs.
iii earns its place in pop culture with an album that should not go unnoticed. You likely won’t hear many of the album’s songs on terrestrial or satellite radio, so it will be an affirmative act on your part to check out iii and Miike Snow’s goodness. The musicality of the album and its lyrics make exploring iii worth the effort.
Kudos to Kmart for recently featuring George Kranz’s masterpiece, “Dinn Daa Daa” in one of its commercials for this summer. Kmart is officially the funkiest box store for Summer 2017. If you don’t recognize the song on its own, perhaps you recognize it from MARRS’ “Pump Up The Volume.” #kmartftw
May 2 is an important day for alternative music. On this day in 1989, The Cure released “Disintegration,” which includes “Lullaby.” On the same day, The Stone Roses released their self-titled debut album, which includes “Fools Gold.” Six years before those landmark releases, New Order released “Power, Corruption, and Lies,” which includes “Age of Consent.” Not bad, May 2, not bad!
The Sixth Annual MCA Day NYC — A Celebration of Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch’s Life — will be held on August 5, 2017 at Littlefield NYC in (No Sleep ‘Til) Brooklyn, NYC. For more information, check out @MCADAYNYC or The MCA Day NYC Facebook Page. It’s never toosoon to celebrate Yauch, so join me in listening to “A Year And A Day.” #MCADAYNYC
One of Tom Petty’s finest albums, “Full Moon Fever,” was released this day 28 years ago. To celebrate, join me in enjoying my favorite song on the album — “Yer So Bad.” #fullmoonfever
Roy Orbison would have been 81-years-old today. Let us celebrate him by listening to two of my favorites: “Dream Baby,” guest starring Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, and The Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care.” (bonus tribute) #royorbison
Pixies’ groundbreaking album “Doolittle” was released 28 years ago today, April 17, 1989. Here’s to 28 years of slicing up eyeballs — Debaser. #pixies #debaser #shakeyourbuttnottoohard #ifmanis5thanthedevilis6andgodis7