As spring and the warmer weather approach, I find that I can be bothered less and less with the upkeep of my reputation. In keeping with this trend, this week’s 3 Of The Week will feature three songs that you won’t readily admit to your hipster friends that you actually like. We’ll take a look at a pop-punk nostalgia trip, South Korean ear candy, and something to appeal to the gamer in you. Sorry about your indie cred.
1. “You Don’t Mean Anything” – Simple Plan
True. Simple Plan hasn’t been a relative entity in some number of years. The fact still remains that the Canadian pop-punkers were the best thing around for the angsty teens of 2002 – there was no Blink-182 release that year. From Simple Plan’s debut, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, “You Don’t Mean Anything” encompasses the early-2000s “fuck you” pop-punk ethos. Often overshadowed by the more popular “I’d Do Anything”, this non-single has a chorus as catchy as any, and instrumentals that are almost interesting, given the genre. As an added bonus, the track features Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. If a song that was released back when anybody still cared about Good Charlotte doesn’t bring you back, nothing will.
2. “Gee” – Girls’ Generation
The K-Pop genre is gaining a shocking amount of ground in the U.S. right now. Bubblegum pop songs sung by Asian girls dressed in girlish, yet scantily clad outfits – Rivers Cuomo is eating this up right now. If you haven’t been sucked in yet, here’s your chance. Girls’ Generation is a 9-piece from Seoul, South Korea, and their 2009 single “Gee” will rot your ears… in a good way. “Gee” has an upbeat charm, infectious hooks, and the dynamics and unique instrumentation that many pop songs lack. Can’t understand what they’re saying? No worries. Now you don’t have to complain about the shallow nature of the lyrics.
3. “Makin’ Movies” –Anamanaguchi
Chiptune is to Anamanaguchi what hard drugs are to Charlie Sheen* – they know what they’re doing when it comes to creating sweet 8-bit style music. The New York City 4-piece recorded a whopping 24 songs for the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game soundtrack. The soundtrack features a number of high-energy, boss-fight-worthy songs, but “Makin’ Movies” stands out. While fast-paced tunes like “Roxanne Richter Theme”, “Super Gideon”, and “Scott Pilgrim Theme” deliver a harmonious musical punch-to-the-face to listeners, “Makin’ Movies” slows things down just enough to savor some more subtle songwriting elements. At 2:04 (one of the longer songs on the album), one won’t get bored of it very quickly.