Club tracks are meant to be easy to mix with other club tracks, which is why Pitbull’s “International Love” featuring Chris Brown sounds so similar to Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” featuring Ludacris.
That’s not a lap guitar. That’s a treebranch with a string and a single coil pickup mounted on it. Big-Bag plays it like a lap guitar using a pencil and a bottle of “some stuff we use to clean up wounds.”
I’ll never forget buying my first Green Day album, Dookie in 1994. At the time, I felt like this music really spoke for me. This was the music of my generation. Also, I was 10 years old and my parents only gave me the money to buy the tape so I’d give the Cool Runnings soundtrack a rest.
I first heard “Dirty Paws” in my girlfriend’s iTunes library, and immediately I recognized that it sounded a lot like “Home.” Now that it’s on this Best Buy commercial I keep hearing it every time I turn on the TV, so I figured I might as well use it in this week’s Modern Primate Does Music.
Most of the time, I like bad pop music. Usually, the more a song sounds like another old hit, the more I appreciate it for being an example of a band doing what works. I really don’t care so much about pop music that’s derivative of other pop music, because at one point or another all of it is.
But I really don’t like this band Train. Like, at all. It’s not that I think what they’ve done to The Wallflowers’ “One Headlight” is a travesty. No. I just dislike Train for a half dozen other reasons that I lay out in this video.
A couple of weeks ago, I took it upon myself to answer rhetorical questions posed by pop music. Well, after that, I had an influx of unanswered song questions e-mailing me, calling me at all hours of the night, and knocking on my door, disrupting my beauty sleep. So, to appease these abstract concepts, I’m back to answer some more rhetorical questions from popular music.
Sometimes you hear a song on the radio that you’ve never heard before, but it sounds just like something else you’ve heard a million times before. “Some Nights” buy fun is one of those songs.
Update: My buddy Nick Douglas over at Slacktory put together this Spotify list of all the influences mentioned in the video! Thanks, Nick!