Certain Songs #888: Led Zeppelin – “Good Times Bad Times”

Album: Led Zeppelin
Year: 1969

BAWL DAWL!
tick tick tick tick

BAWL DAWL!
tick tick tick tick tick tick

BAWL DAWL!
tinka tinka tinka tinka tinka

BAWL DAWL!
tinka tinka tinka tinka tinka

BAWL DAWL!
rumble dumble rumbledly downa rattledly smash!

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Certain Songs #887: LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”

Album: Sound of Silver
Year: 2007

I didn’t really get into LCD Soundsystem until they were breaking up. So while I was most certainly aware of them, they really didn’t click with me until I took a flyer on This is Happening in 2010, and enjoyed it so much I figured I’d knew I need to go backwards.

And, like so many people smarter and faster than me, got completely bowled over by “All My Friends,” which is easily one of the best songs of the millennium. Which, I know, I don’t have to tell you, because you already knew that.

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Certain Songs #886: Laurie Anderson – “O Superman”

Album: Big Science
Year: 1981

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

When “O Superman” arrived in 1981, it was like nothing anybody had ever really heard.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Which, of course is an understatement, because 36 years later, there still isn’t anything like “O, Superman,” is there? Made on equipment that is of course incredibly primitive by modern standards, “O, Superman” still retains the same weird sparse beauty that made it a #2 hit single in the U.K., and made the video a late night “what-the-fuck-was-that?” staple.

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Certain Songs #885: The La’s – “There She Goes”

Album: The La’s
Year: 1990

In these dark dark days, any kind of reassurance that the world isn’t as terrible as it sometimes seems to be is in order, and so I have one for you, gentle readers: on YouTube, the La’s perfect-pop version of “There She Goes” has more views than Sixpence None The Richer’s snoozefest of a remake.

As of this writing (about a week before you’re seeing it), The La’s version has 2,448,995 views and SNTR’s version have 1,416,827. It’s even more pronounced on Spotify: 26,961,361 to 14,535,429. This is important, because here in the colonies, the original La’s version stalled out on the Billboard charts at 49 while the SNTR version made it all the way to 14 on the Billboard charts.

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Certain Songs #884: Lana Del Rey – “Sad Girl”

Album: Ultraviolence
Year: 2014

The hype surrounding Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die was fierce enough to be overwhelming even by 2012 standards, so when she showed up on Saturday Night Live and slowly twirled through a performance that was nearly suffused in fear, it seemed like all of the hype was misfounded.

Still lotsa people who make great records don’t necessarily perform them all that well, so I gave Born to Die a shot, despite the mixed reviews, but while she clearly had her own thing going, it wasn’t my thing, so I figured that was it.

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