By Kabir Sharma:
We all love good music and link much of our lives with it. Though the last 10 years have seen too much poor pop music, there have been many inspiring and memorable songs in between. Here are 8 of my favourites from alternate genres- songs which pack a lot of soul and will never be forgotten:
Gnarls Barkley – ‘Crazy’ (2006): For many of us who were in our teens when this came out, it was the greatest song. Three minutes of pure genius, thrilling every single time.
“It wasn’t because I didn’t know enough, I just knew too much. Does that make me crazy?” With a lot more crazy on the crazy. Abstract lyrics which resonate with all and could refer to everything only add to that all searching scream. The band, Atlanta rapper Cee-Lo and indie producer Danger Mouse, have a few other good songs such as Smiley Faces and Who’s Gonna Save my Soul. Forever, Cee Lo’s cries will haunt and question.
“Shine down upon the broken
Shine until the two become one”
With virtuosos Danny Carey on drums, Justin Chancellor on Bass, Adam Jones on Guitar and Maynard James-Keenan on vocals – Tool maintains an unachievable, legendary status in music circuits. Other great songs are ‘Lateralus’, ‘Schism’ and ‘The Pot’.
“Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife.”
“It’s a love song which targets institutions that teach some kinds of people to be ashamed about that” as Hozier puts it. The young Irish musician has given us a mammoth, disturbing, very political statement of love that is impossible to erase from memory. The video should be watched as well. Other good songs are Someone New and From Eden.
“But every song’s like:
Tripping in the bathroom
Trashing the hotel room…
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams”
Brilliant lyrics and the layered sound make it stick. This song will make you smile. The brilliant and bare video needs to be watched.
“The times we had
Oh, when the wind would blow with rain and snow
Were not all bad
We put our feet just where they had
Had to go, never to go”
Is how this song dripping with nostalgia sets sailing. California based Beirut are a genre in themselves- described as “Baroque Pop or Balkan Folk”: essentially a huge folk rock sound coming from multiple instruments. Sailing and drifting in fond memory, and in the Italian sea breeze. Nantes, A Sunday Smile, Elephant Gun are other must listens.
“All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.”
In contrast, the music, written first, is upbeat and has the feel of a perfect outdoor song.
“It’s a ‘fuck you’ song to the hipsters in a way—but it’s a song the hipsters are going to want to dance to.” Foster was staying near a beach when he wrote the song, and that influenced the melody.