Blur - The Universal
Still my favorite band of all time and this, their greatest song.
The whole crowd singing at the end of this performance literally gave me goosebumps. And was Damon Albarn crying?
But even if this was released 19(!) years ago, the sentiment remains relevant. We are a generation overcome by inertia, and the best most of us can do is hope that tomorrow will be luckier and that it really, really, really could happen.
Tears for Fears - “My Girls” (Animal Collective cover)
Finally, the song that answers the (not so) age-old question: what happens when Animal Collective and Tears for Fears sire a child?
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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