Monday, August 23, 2010
Posted by Steven Hummel
In German, it's called an ohrwurm, but in English we call it an earworm—or the-fucking-song-that-won't-get-out-of-your-head. The earworm tends to be an infuriatingly annoying tune that you probably enjoyed at your six-year-old birthday party but after enough weddings and bar mitzvahs you've learned to despise: the YMCA, the electric slide, the Macarena, Barbie Girl, etc. Or, if you've ever been to Disney World, the granddaddy purp of aural STDs, It's a Small World. Now, here at Muzjiks, we like to pride ourselves in bringing the best music (and, we admit, the occasional gimmicky bullshit YouTube mashup just to boost traffic) to you, so we're offering you an earworm today, but it's not one that makes your cochlea cringe, but rather it's a song with an infectiously catchy melody.
Titled "Pumped Up Kicks," this song comes to us from the Australian band, Foster the People. Aside from its melody that proves to be one of the catchiest in recent memory, the song is also notable for another reason: [rant] it's the only fucking song the band has. Hear me out: I support the blogosphere as much as the next guy (I'm a part of it), but come on. Really?!? Isn't it a bit premature to hype up a band as "the next MGMT" after one four-minute ditty? Granted, the four-minute ditty happens to be more addictive than a cocaine-coated Peep, but still, it's ONE SONG.
So, listen to "Pumped Up Kicks," but can we pump the breaks on the MGMT (or other similarly popular, successful, and generally consistent artists) comparisons at least until they put out an EP? [/rant]
BUT, I must say that the way Foster the People slides that one note in the word "pumped" during the chorus is indicative of an understanding of melodic nuance that could bode well for their future.
Foster the People: Pumped Up Kicks [alt]