Loving the bona fide spring weather here in Jersey which has been perfect for running, especially to these tunes, courtesy of The Alternate Side.
Warning: Potential time suck. Click at your own risk . . .preferably NOT while running!
- “Gangnam Style” by Psy, 2012. Yes, this over-the-top, bombastic romp through the posh streets of a Seoul suburb continues to top my playlist. Brief English phrases pop up in this Korean tour de force but it’s the dance moves in the video that I can’t get enough of. Ride the horse baby!
- “It Don’t Move Me” by Peter Bjorn and John, 2009. A great synth-pop song on its own with a driving bass line, the video for this song features a socially and physically awkward young man executing (rather well, I might add) iconic dance moves from Michael Jackson’s videos.
- “Global Concepts” by Robert DeLong, 2012. I was always gonna like a song that poses the question “Did I make you fucking dance?” But truth be told, the entire song is a rather powerful call for gaining perspective on one’s life, even managing to work in a reference to Plato! I love the concept of waxing philosophic while rocking out on the dance floor in a sweaty existential daze. Yeah, that’s how I roll . . .
- “Time to Run” by Lord Huron, 2012. The hopeless romantic in me goes all gooey for this song, in which the singer “wanted everyone to know that you’re the girl for me.” Should probably also mention the narrator of the song is running from the law. . .
- “I’m Just Me” by Diamond Rings, 2012. Alternating between stripped down New Order-esque delivery and soaring synth choruses, this song captures the spirit of the ‘80s, complete with a little Madonna –esqe Vogueing in the video.
- “Default” by Django Django, 2012. Definitely a DEVO vibe going on here.
- “Tonight I Have to Leave It” by Shout Out Louds, 2007. According to Amazon.com this Swedish band is all about “the rush, the emotion, and the infectious melodies that along with youth, good hair, and the endless pursuit of love, make up the foundation of all great pop music,” which here, sounds very much like a combination of Big Country and The Cure.
- “#1 in Heaven” by MNDR, 2012. I am all over this song and can’t play it loud enough. The chorus refers to the moment the kidnapped heiress Patty Heart begins to sympathize with her kidnappers: “Tell them (my brothers and sisters) I am smiling and send my greetings.” The video, which features Amanda Warner channeling a seriously Madonna-esque 80s vibe, is a Spin magazine must-see video.
- “Faster Horses” by MNDR, 2012. Because one MNDR song is simply not enough.
- “Repatriated” by Handsome Furs, 2011. Some serious synth-pop from a Canadian husband-wife team, who according to SubPop!, “use keyboards and drum machines to forge life-affirming anthems taut with muscle and blood.”
- “Big Mouth” by Santigold, 2011. Pure, unadulterated nastiness (in a good way!) at 2:40 into the song. The Philly-born singer who eschews comparisons to MIA, has nevertheless, surrounded herself with people who used to work with MIA. I love that she takes swipes at Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Cat fight!
- “Pass Way” by Pomegranates, 2012. Love the falsetto on the chorus, which reminds me of Roland Gift from the Fine Young Cannibals.