Originally Posted by BacteriumFendYoke
On the other hand, sometimes interesting songs become popular:
Ok, the lyric is fairly asinine but there's some interesting things going on. The melody is vaguely Phil Collins-esque (in the good way) and the instrumentation is totally off the wall. The video is great. There are gems out there.
Watch the album charts, too. Those are often much more interesting.
Ha - I've heard this song a few times since and it's really growing on me. The vocals are outstanding - very expressive. Agree about the melodies, instrumentation and video too.
Funny thing, just been watching the Burns jazz series and the early bop players complained about all the commercial swing going on at the time Harks back to Wy's post). They had some pretty crappy stuff back then too - Dad used to like Kay Kaiser (a swing/pop big band leader) and I thought the music was very dull, cynical and lacking dynamics in much the same way as some of the recent compressed stuff.
Of course, some of the "pop" back then was great too, eg. In the Mood.