The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
I keep on saying that Waterloo Sunset is the best pop song ever written.
There’s no easy way to tell why we like certain songs. To my mind though, one recurring factor is the songwriter’s attention to detail. And that exactly is what makes Waterloo Sunset special. It is about the mundane: lovers meet in Waterloo station, two people among many. It is about that moment we gaze outside our windows and notice beauty in simple serenity. This song is about the way we construct paradise and project it to the environment surrounding us.
I realized how much I love this song after I revisited my favorite city in the world, New York. And many of us know that feeling that crashes as soon as we touch down back home. Then it hits us: our favorite cities are such because our relationships with them are fleeting and ephemeral. Then three days, four days pass. Soon, we fathom that traffic-laden Manila is our charming little Waterloo Sunset after all, offering a paradise we barely see in the rush of banality.
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Orange Peels - You’re so Clever
What’s the catchiest song you’ve ever heard? This is mine.
The funny thing is, I don’t know anything about the Orange Peels. And there’s nothing much about them online. This is pop in a vacuum — a sprightly slice of indie sunshine that has no other purpose but to make an unassuming listener smile.
Of course, this is unless “you’re so clever / I just have to let you know” is secretly sarcastic. And this has been bugging me for years. No use trying to figure out what as-of-now-nameless singer intended, though. This is pop in a vacuum. - Glenn
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It always makes me wonder, how people ever meet people. Now I’ve met a couple of people from a couple of places, like in bars, coffee shops, schools, and all. I’ve done sufficient research and active participation to come up with answers, but none of them seem to hit the right notes.
Last weekend, though, in the great Coachella gathering, I didn’t meet a girl. I found one.
Love found, set against a background of Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, and Strokes songs. Fantastic.