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That last track was, of course, Toxic by Britney Spears. A good song. Not my favourite, personally, I’ll be honest. Unpopular opinion, but I hold up Womanizer to be the better song. Unpopular opinion. I might have to hang up my badge, my radio presenter badge, I’d have to hang it up if anybody ever found out.
The one before that was Backstreet’s Back. Off of their second album. That really solidified them. That second album—let’s look at it straight on—no sophomore slump. They just delivered. They were on a run there. Millennium came next and that has a lot of staples, a lot of good tracks there. Larger than Life. That’s off that album. You know, their fourth album, Black and Blue also solid. They all have that glossy Max Martin sound. It was a mistake to move away from that. Hindsight is 20/20. Easy for me to say.
A lot of comparisons have been drawn between them and the New Kids on the Block, but I think Maurice Starr didn’t know how to use the talent in his group at first, and then he…he stumbled on it. Still churned out two solid albums. The Backstreet Boys were better for the form. Tried slightly different things. And Martin was a good producer, but he had great talent too, and there were these little incremental leaps of genius. What do you think? Give us a call. The lines are open. While we’re waiting, let’s take a short commercial break and get to some more music. You’re listening to HITZ 103.5: The Station that Never Sleeps!
Zigga-a-zig-ah. God. A classic. Just burst onto the scene. And that video. That video. Jeez. Lyrically, they’re still very playful, not really plunging the depths. We draw the Madonna comparison when talking about Lady Gaga. That’s true, it’s a – it’s a very valid comparison to make. But stylistically, the Spice Girls – you can trace a direct line to the Spice Girls.
Madonna broke new ground, but she was obvious about it. She broke new ground to break new ground and now that no ground exists to be broken, well, what do you do? Lady Gaga, well, she’s an engine of change, but—you know what? Let’s leave that open to some callers. You know the number.
No, the Spice Girls. They just…they just were something else. That video, running around in their loud casual clothes, their style, in the face of the British upper class. It’s not a class thing, though. It’s about being free. Free of everything. Free of—free of—free of ideology. I think that’s what I thinking of. They were expressing freedom. What it means to be free.
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It’s 3:03 AM here at HITZ 103.5. We are the Station that Never Sleeps. No matter how much we may want to. We’re having some technical difficulties, I’m told. Should only be a few minutes. That’s what that dead spot was a few minutes back, and we’re just checking equipment on our end.
Last week I was at a music festival. Primavera Sound, in Barcelona. I went to see Pulp. I am a big fan of their work, which any long time fan is sure to know. I’m usually good for one – at least one – Pulp song a night. They were great. Of course. Been out of the game for ten years, and you wouldn’t know it.
Hearing them play Underwear was surreal. Just surreal. It puts me in this different time altogether.
Sorry, excuse me.
My..ummm…my…ummmm…ex-wife, before she was my ex-wife, before she was my wife, even, was with this son of a bitch. Hit her. Hard. From what she says, he was a big guy that hated his life and took it out on her and their son. She left him, thank Christ, and we met, and I remember on one of our first dates she told me one of her favourite songs is I Will Survive. Made sense to me. I asked it if gave her strength, and she said, no. That the song only really meant something after the fact. That it reminded her of that time, of all of what she was feeling. It was a…a….a…symbol. A symbol.
You know, it’s funny, I hate I Will Survive because it reminds me of that piece of shit asshole. Sorry, excuse the, the, language. I just picture him beating her and it makes me mad. Not all the time, but sometimes I hear it, when I’m at the gas station, or in an elevator, and it just brings that to mind. Funny.
I didn’t really think of it much of that until I was at this festival. I had some off hours and walked around and I went to this band’s thing. I just saw two drum kits and I thought, “Alright, these seem like my type of guys.” I sat down and waited. Guy comes out and it’s…I don’t know…dance music, it was dance music. Stuff that you move to. Saw these kids dancing, and just moving to the music, but…it was like they were in a trance. There was nothing in between them and the music. Where ever the song went, they went too, and it was unlike anything I’d really known. Even early 90s Madonna, the dance stuff, or Ace of Bass, were impossible to get completely lost in.
It just got me thinking…some of this music, maybe even a great deal, is about the memories that come with it. Everybody goes to Pulp, because Pulp…gives them a taste of nostalgia. For me at least, they bring to mind that point where the secrets of sex are starting to bubble to the surface, and for you, maybe it’s just that charge of being young and overwhelmed with a vague confusion. Music has changed, you know. It used to be about the past, but you kids are looking for the future. You go to these things, all of these things and you just have your head so deep in it. There were over hundred bands playing. But they chase after them. It’s more than just hearing the new sound, nowadays it’s about hearing the next sound.
But I think, and this is going to sound weird, but that you’re trying to find music for the future. You’re going to find that one damn song that just glows, and you will build a moment to fit that song perfectly. Then you find another song, and try to do it again. Instead of having a life then attaching songs to it, you scout out the soundtrack to a future you will build. Does that make any sense? It’s not about capturing who you are, or who you want to be, but where you want to be.
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