The Five Songs I Cannot Escape
I hate commercials and thanks to DVR I rarely see them. The one exception is when I'm watching sports. And I've been watching a whole lot of NBA and NHL playoffs over the past couple months, so of course the following five songs have become a big part of my life. For better or worse? Let's examine.
Spoon - "My Mathematical Mind"
No complaints here. Life is always better with a little more Spoon in it. Even if it's the same 30 seconds, over and over. At least they get a segment that contains a nice Britt Daniel "oh!" Coming soon(ish) to this blog: Top 10 Britt Daniel Woo/Ow/Ohs.
Chris Knox - "It's Love"
This one really floored me the first time I saw it. Knox is a cult favorite for us New Zealand indie-pop types. Remember when I went to San Francisco and bought a reissue by a band called Toy Love at Amoeba? (What, you don't remember that? I'm appalled! [As were we at the time - Ed.]) Anyway, that was Knox's first band. I never thought he'd make the best beer pitchman, and I'm not sure he does. I've had multiple - er, both - friends tell me how much they hate that song. I don't think they'd drink Heineken anyway.
Apples in Stereo - "Sun Is Out"
There are certainly more annoying Apples in Stereo songs - pretty much anything on "Velocity of Sound" would qualify - but this one's up there. The "Lady Madonna" bass line is kind of catchy, but the big bouncy sound drives me crazy. And appearing in this ad for one of those "$2.99 gas for three years" deals is just irresponsible.
Grandaddy - "AM 180"
The big bounciness of the Apples isn't nearly as annoying as the keyboard part in this song by the California indie rockers. In the context of the actual song it's not too bad since the verse breaks things up a bit, but there's hardly a break in the commercial, just that piercing keyboard riff that lingers in your head until ... that Heineken commercial comes on.
Marlena Shaw - "California Soul"
This one has grown on me so much that if I ever find myself in a situation where I have to dress like an absolute tool, I'm going to buy me some Dockers. At first I thought it was cheesy and annoying but then I realized that this song owned its inherent cheesiness and that it really swings. I'll take that over mindlessly bouncy any day.
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