I KNOW WHAT DAY IT IS!
Here are three songs from all-time greats, although they may never again attain their previous lofty heights. But who knows? Stranger things have happened. At the very least, all three songs have been in heavy rotation for me lately.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In the Heat of the Moment
You might be familiar with Noel Gallagher as the featured vocalist on the Chemical Brothers track “Let Forever Be” (the accompanying music video is not my all-time fave, but it’s easily in the Top 5 discussion). These days he’s doing his own thing, fronting his own band. (Fun fact: Noel previously fronted another with his brother Liam. they were called Oasis. They did ok for themselves.) I’ve thought that the post-90s output of The Brothers Gallagher has been good-not-great, but the latest offering from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is pretty high flying. Eminently listenable, and quite possibly loveable. I’m getting there.
The Smashing Pumpkins – Being Beige
Beige has to be the least exciting colour in the history of colour. Even something neutral like grey has variations like cool and warm grey, and it’s quite versatile really. Calling a song Being Beige is the kind of move that might make people wonder why they’d want to click on a song about being the most boring, bland colour/person/feeling in the world.
Here’s the first song from the brand-new Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy. It’s produced by Howard Willing, aka The Bear, who previously produced a heck of a lot of artists, including later work by the Pumpkins, and (for you, Derek), Trouble in Shangri-La, by Stevie Nicks. It sounds anything but boring.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Where No Eagles Fly
Remember the first time you heard The Strokes and they sounded low-fi and gritty? The sound that characterized Is This It? would define The Strokes, although they dropped it a couple of albums into their career. Well, if that was gritty, then it was polishing-grade sandpaper compared to the coarser sounds from Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. But this is also the first time since those early Strokes-days that Casablancas is feeling artistically fulfilled. So here’s this garage/metal/pop mashup.
(For a longer read, check out an interesting piece from a few months ago: Julian Casablancas is Done Trying to Save You.)
The Chemical Brothers, featuring Noel Gallagher – Let Forever Be
Just look at this video! It’s by Michel Gondry in his earlier days, and it’s a trip and a half. God, I love it. The song is fantastic, too.