Date Posted: October 15, 2011
Print Edition: October 12, 2011
The Vinyl Spinner Show, hosted by DJ Johnny K and Guitar Girl Celeste, pays homage to such tunes (which always sound better on vinyl), every Wednesday, from noon to 3 p.m. Remember: it does not matter if it is good – it matters if people like it.
“Speak Now” – Taylor Swift
You either just smiled or groaned; regardless, if you listen to this song carefully, you’ll notice some witty adjectives and metaphors, supported by a pleasant foot-tapping melody. It’s a new spin on a timeless dream: running off with somebody after saving them from marrying the wrong person. Cute. Awwww.
“Bang Bang Bang” – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
This “synth-pop” song sounds like it could’ve been made in the 1980s, but it doesn’t sound like it’s imitating anything from that decade. MNDR provides an “angst,” while Q-Tip provides some solid “rapping” – and so like “Eighties” songs, the exact meaning of their lyrics is totally subject to “interpretation.”
“Red Triangle” – The Bamboos
This defines soul jazz; while it’s an instrumental, the music itself tells you what kind of vocals should accompany such melodies. When I listen to this song, even though it is funky and soulful, I close my eyes and picture a space ship speeding through the cosmos. Try it.
“Rock Me Amadeus” – Falco
A recent survey named this song the sixth worst song of the 1980s. My survey says that’s crap. This song’s educational, cheesy, break-dance, and ballet – all at once. I used to be like people who diss this song, but then I changed: I became fun to be with.