I’ve Been Obsessed With: Music with Odd References To Other Art

You guys know Breakfast at Tiffany’s? The song about a couple that’s falling apart, without anything in common, but that desperately try to find something to relate to. That thing being that they both kinda’ liked Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the movie. Not to be confused with the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or the song, also called Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which they are singing. This is a song written in the 90s based around a 1960s film adaptation of a 1950s book, and that got me thinking, what other allusions to other media are found in pop songs?

Now, of course there’s She’s So High by Tal Bachman, which has a reference to Aphrodite, but that’s boring, and way too common place, goddess of love, and all. Why focus on the boring when you have All Summer Long by Kid Rock? All Summer Long has been described as a mixture of Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama, using some Frankenstein instrumental ripped off from both, and even mentioning Sweet Home Alabama by name as a song they sing all summer long. Coincidentally, these ties to great songs do not make this, in my opinion, sub par song great, it just makes me crave those great songs, instead, therefore, not wishing to listen to All Summer Long.

And finally, of course, I couldn’t write a post like this without mentioning the least creative, and least affectionate love song I’ve heard, Love You Like A Love Song by real life witch, herself, Selena Gomez. I do not like this song, it’s essentially saying, “Hey, I love you. How? Listen to a love song, I love you like that. Which love song? Why any, you picky bastard. :)” I may be a little cynical, but this is how the song acts, I’ve never liked the song, but it has to be on here, because, not only does it fit the criteria, but it’s so lazy about it. Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a thematic reason, She’s So High and All Summer Long do, too, and I could even forgive this song if it said something like, “I love you like If You Like Piña Coladas.” Or, “I love you like Rico… Suave…” because then, at least, there’d be a reason in song for these, to give the song context. And yet, I still have this song stuck in my head, and it’s kinda catchy, so obviously it does something right.

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I’ve Been Obsessed With: Ska

The sounds of those trumpets, the frat boy attitudes, the casual take at serious subjects, I love ska. Recently, I’ve been ever so completely obsessed with this genre. One part blues, two parts reggae and rock, a beautiful recipe to make delicious songs. Take the Big Bad Bosstones’ The Impression That I Get, a song all about being fearful of doing anything because things might go wrong, never having to knock on wood, that fear making the life worse than if bad luck had consumed them, never having been tested, but if he was, he’d like to think he would pass, but, he doesn’t know, he’s never had to knock on wood.

Or, another one, look at Reel Big Fish, and their songs like One Hit Wonderful a song about the frivolity of being a one hit wonder, like these guys were, how no one really cared about them, only that one song that happened to be popular, ironically, a song about the frivolity and falseness of being a celebrity with a big record deal. Another one I’ve quite enjoyed is She Has a Girlfriend Now, a self deprecating, humourous look at something that’s happened to a good deal of guys, being a beard, dating a lesbian. It’s quite possibly the closest to home of any of these songs, but I digress.

There’s something about this music that brings a smile to my face, and makes me think, it’s lighthearted drama, a painful reality tied up in a candy coloured packaging. It’s upbeat, optimistic, and yet sad, thought provoking, and cynical. Ska truly is a wonderful genre.

The Fun was Mandatory, but it Didn’t Have to be

Tonight, I saw “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun Tour Concert in my area, and let me tell you, it was superb. I’ve grown up with Weird Al’s music since I can remember, and this show was one that filled me with happiness because of it. I know this isn’t my normal analysis, but please, stick with me, you may like it.
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