Print Edition: July 16, 2014
Station Manager Aaron Levy is about to watch the MLB All-Star game with a couple All-Star UFV current and former staffers! He does not necessarily like all of these songs.
Smash Mouth — “All Star”
Not their best song — “Walking on the Sun” is still a supreme example of retro rehash success — but a commonly utilized soundtrack party starter with gruff pop vocals and the best 2000s production radio-ready songs could buy at the time. All that glitters is gold. No mould.
Stars on 54 — “If You Could Read My Mind”
Famously revising Gordon Lightfoot for the hit soundtrack to Ryan Phillipe’s breakout (“Nothing up the nose,” he says), Stars on 54 give you one of the original feel-good club songs of the ‘90s. It’s also one of the more serious Mike Myers films, if not roles. What a tale.
Love Inc. — “Superstar”
Chris Sheppard was so big he had his own compilation disc like Dance Party 96 or Big Shiny Tunes. His face sold other people’s songs. This song had a very popular video on MTV/MuchMusic. You’re a superstar.
Cyprus Hill — “Rap SuperStar”
A song so meaningful across genre and background, they recorded multiple versions of it to reflect both the harder rock influences in its creation as well as the rap version that the boys are generally known for. “Can’t trust nobody, gotta look over your shoulder constantly.” Eerie words, guys.
The Tragically Hip — “Bobcaygeon”
Named after a small Ontario town (the Hip are from the nation’s original capital, or Kingston), the song’s chorus repeats the eponymous and thematic symbolism while in Bobcaygeon, “the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time.” I’ve never seen them live, but I’d love to, in the right context.