Tuesday, January 27, 2009

make me want you, make me miss you, make me wonder where you are, then forget you

You thought you'd heard every song they'd ever made a billion times...


Deep Tracks by Overexposed Artists:

Okay, it's on Thriller, so it's probably the "deep track" most people have heard. Still, this is the song that proves my longtime belief that Michael Jackson is the best ad-libber of all time. (And here I'm using 'ad lib' to mean all the "ooh", "baby", "yeah", etc.) I usually start this song at the 2:30 point, as the last two and a half minutes are all gorgeous adlibbing. MJ 4 Eva y'all!

"Why Should I Be Sad" by Britney Spears
My favourite track off Blackout, this slow - but not, God forbid, a ballad - number is pop genius. Clearly intended as a kiss-off to K-Fed, I think it's beautiful. The one included on the playlist below is slightly slowed-down, but still fantastic.

"She Lives in My Lap" by OutKast
The B-side to the equally-genius "Prototype" (which I've raved about before), this dreamy song featuring voices and laughs from Rosario Dawson is quirky, sweet, creative and eccentric. I'm glad it wasn't played eight trillion times on the radio a la "Hey Ya" - it's much more meaningful this way.

"Wavin' Bye to the Train or Bus" by the Arctic Monkeys
This is another case, in my opinion, of a song that has kickass verses and a weak chorus. But the verses? Kickass indeed! Maybe one of my favourite Arctic Monkeys lines ever with the "Oh, baby, I'm wantin' to do you a swap/I'll give you anything, yeah, in return for them noises you've got"

"Distant Lover" by Marvin Gaye
I used to really dislike this track from Let's Get It On, in fact, it was the only song I didn't love off that album. However, suddenly one day, I listened to it and realized its genius and beauty in one flash. Especially the "please, please, baby" at 1:03.


deep tracks...

23 comments:

Allison said...

I LOVE that Artic Monkeys song - I know what you mean though, the chorus is kind of subpar when compared to the utter brilliance of the verses!
Another great list :)

The Clothes Horse said...

I have so not heard most of these! Thanks for saving me from music ignorance!

Katelin said...

i will definitely have to check these tracks out, good picks!

Mimi said...

I love that Britney song too, as well as all the artists you mentioned. I love Michael Jackson... Let me rephrase that I love early Michael. And you know I'm a huge Andre 3000 fan, and thanks to my dad I am also a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. I love that my dad passed on his love of music back from the good ol' days of rock 'n' roll.

xo

Annabelle said...

What a great post, I hadn't heard any of these before. Am going to feature you beside my blog today :-)

Dooder City said...

...I am so excited to see the Dead. I have seen all the members (besides Jerry) in their own bands but never together.

Mimi said...

P. S. I've awarded you Molls :]

Confessions of a Ilustra said...

I love LOVE LOVE Michael and that track is bomb.

julie said...

you rock molly - really and truly rock. oh, and depending how strong your skills are with photoshop, you could probably try that hair color testing thing on your own. but i'm sure your hair needs no changes.
ciao,
julie

AsianCajuns said...

Marvin Gaye will forever be a classic.

And I had no idea that Andre Benjamin was so ripped - that's like an 8 pack there!

thedrifterandthegypsy said...

ha...your lists are funnyyy!
xoxo,
Micaela

copperoranges said...

your tags really crack me up. omg.

twenty.seven.cents said...

oohhh.. I hope Fleetwood Mac plays Big Love. I would kill to see that live!

this wheel's on fire said...

I know NONE of these songs--must go listen!! xo

Keith said...

Hey Molly. Thanks for posting these. I've either not heard them or had not paid attention to them in the past. I appreciate you filling me in on them.

Alice Saga said...

Thank you for the tips. I will go ahead and download.
xx

Ashley L. said...

Again you have so much that I haven't heard but want to listen to RIGHT now! Such a good post.

Jill said...

My husband and I rented a tiny little beach house in Galveston, the year the Outkast CD came out. "She lives in my Lap" as well as "Happy Valentines Day" were our two favorites. This is the only CD we listened to for 5 days. Quite good memories from that trip!

Molly said...

i love love love why should i be sad.
your right, it doesnt get enough credit. its one of my 'most played' on my ipod actually...
mxx

Maya said...

Very interesting post.
I am so jealous about your fleetwood mac tickets.
You should offer your services to people and be a ticket booker. You'd be very good at it.

Krystal said...

great choices!!

Sister Libby said...

So, I'd probably live in your lap if I could (barely makes sense, but it's the only relevant thing I could think of to compliment you with besides saying "you're a deep track") And I think that Michael is a great ohhh babyer also. I don't know where you come up with these great ideas.

WAT said...

Oh my God. The LADY IN MY LIFE is one of the all-time great hidden gems. I know a bud who used it at his wedding.

Another nod to Britney. God, I used to dislike her so much, now I can't get enough of her. She is phenomenal! IN HER PRIME!