Today’s question will require just a modicum of thought. What are your top 2-3 “secret crush” songs? Here are the rules that make it a secret crush:
1) The song must have been on the radio at some point, not an obscure track on Side 2 of the album (which means no “Wildest Dreams” by Asia no matter how awesome the drum solo is)
2) The song cannot be considered widely popular, or played to absolute death in either Muzak or doctor office form (thus, no “If You Leave Me Now” or “Same Auld Lang Syne”)
3) The song cannot have already been rediscovered, chewed up and spat out again by the Irony Machine [which means no “Major Tom (Coming Home)”, “Break My Stride” or almost anything by Journey.
seriously, truly nothing is going to break his stride
My list? I have many, but here are three:
The Pointer Sisters – Automatic – With an androgynous vocal line and a sick electronic bass line, there was nothing organic about this song, and it fucking swung. I don’t know ANYBODY with this one on their iPod (except me, and I’m only telling because I asked).
Jane Child – Don’t Want to Fall in Love – I already wrote about this one: this song was so frickin’ insane when it came out around 1990 that Linda’s – a bar in Chapel Hill that was no stranger to some crazy shit – actually fell silent to watch the video. Featuring more chord changes than “The Rite of Spring” and a piano solo that KICKS ASS, she should still be famous. Alas, you’ll probably only remember her as the chick who had a chain from her nose ring to her ear.
Shalamar – Dead Giveaway – I mean, come ON! You’ve got Jody Watley with staccatos on the DX-7 synthesizer:
And yours? Those judged most original and creative get some personalized artwork from the Lulubeans!