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Aaaand I revoke my good taste card almost immediately
. Will I probably play this again? No, but I didn't hate it. I enjoyed it as it played as pointless (and singing talent-less) as it was. Stupid fun
Dancing In The Street
- A deserved classic. Strikes me as having no big agenda and just being very happy and optimistic in a natural and not-cheesy way.
- First time I heard this it was really "WTF?". THIS is one of the highest-rated girl group songs on RYM?! But something clicked and I realized I only heard it once or twice (prior to now) and still had that "Shimmy Shimmy Shummy Shy-I..." chant in my head (I remembered it the "Shy-I" bit as "Shy-Shy" but whatever. Point is it more or less stuck pretty instantly). Definitely a weird song, but good weird. I guess I was just expecting the almost highest-rated girl group song to be a bit more melodic in an obvious way (ie. "Be My Baby"). Risky choice but it may pay off.
- A tad better than some of the picks so far actually for me, despite having no vocals. I don't think this will leave a huge, lasting personal impression but credit for choosing something so different and unexpected
- In my original review for "Dancing In The Street" I was going to comment on 60s sexual conservatism in music, but then this one came along which is a lot more sexual under the surface. Comparing love to heatwaves is never to not be read between the lines
. So, it was possible to make sexual songs in the 60s too, you just had to be more sly about it. I like the Motown rhythm here as common as it was at the time. Another nice one from this group. Sexy but not slutty, I should add.
- When I first saw this I thought "why couldn't it be "Release Me"?", but this is alright too
. The two songs are musically similar anyway. The three of them had good harmony (learned from their Dad in two of their cases no doubt
). I didn't choose this as the Beach Boys link would've been way too obvious, but I'm happy to see them here. I'm not saying Wilson Phillips compares to the best songs of the Beach Boys but there's definite talent there. I also like the lyrical sentiment.
I'm So Excited
- It would be good with just the normal verse and chorus, but that slight switch-up in the last couple of minutes is actually quite intense and really makes it even better. I think this is quite fun. Funny memories also of Monica singing this in an episode of friends, not realizing her top was see-through and it wasn't her voice they were cheering
. I quite like how the Pointer Sisters' vocal style is quite a throwback to a lot of the 60s groups too. Something much more raw about it than the very polished (but still very good) vocal style of say Wilson Phillips.
- Aw, this is another somewhat classic/evergreen. I'm more used to the modern cover of it admittedly (I see half the participants rolling their eyes at that moment
). Overall it's not one I'll play for myself but at least I know it and it's catchy and stuff. A great memory of a scene in the movie Beethoven (the first movie, about the dog) where a baby-sitter is playing this on the piano while in the background one of the children falls into the pool and nearly drowns before the dog rescues her
- Oh yes, prime stuff. I'm very surprised this song made it to the contests and that more than one tried to pick it. Didn't realize it was so popular. It's great
. This isn't even actually 60s (late-50s) but sounds so timeless in its enjoyment. I knew the song "Mr Sandman" (though not the group's name) since years ago but didn't discover this song until recent times. I took an instantaneous liking to it
. Everyone likes to suck on lollipops.
- Story of my life currently in my study years. Except Monday is a day I don't have class. It's Tuesday-Friday I have to worry about. I don't always like the singer's voice (it's a little 'mousey' to my ears for some reason) but in this instance it rather suits the song. Much better this song than "Eternal Flame" which for me sees her at her most vocally annoying
. A good little ditty. All who have to get up in the mornings when they'd rather stay in bed can relate.