Archive | Jan 09, 2019

Certain Songs #1421: OutKast – “Hey Ya!”

Album: Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
Year: 2003

Amazingly enough, it’s now been 15 years since that heady autumn when OutKast dropped their massive dual solo album project Speakerboxx / The Love Below on the universe. Like the Illusion twins from Guns n’ Roses, Speakerboxx / The Love Below was a massive amount of music — four vinyl albums worth — and so, it took a lot to process.

Which nearly everybody did, willingly: it sold millions of copies as well as topping the 2003 Pazz & Jop critics poll, which was only the second time that massive popularity and critical acclaim had happened since 1992 — the first time being Stankonia in 2000 — on the strength of such eternal jams as “Roses,” “Bowtie,” “I Love The Way You Move” and, of course, the culture-dominating “Hey Ya!,” a song that you might be sick of, but is totally impossible to dislike.

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