Wednesday, March 14, 2007

How to Make an Annoying Song Worse

I caught a television commercial earlier tonight for SUVs made by GMC; the normally crappy type of advertisement was made worse by the music, a cover of Modern English's "I'll Melt with You" by a female singer who sang in a virtual jazz, scat and wistful acoustic manner with treacly, pseudo folk music backing her.
While "I'll Melt with You" is considered an early New Wave classic that crossed over into major pop success, the song has always been a signpost to me of when New Wave turned into pappy, senseless music better for nostalgia for too many of the people who lived through the era and an inaccurate portrayal of what music was to those who were too young to remember or experience it.
On top of that, it just isn't that good or interesting a song, and back in late 1983/early 1984, I reviewed Modern English when the band played a show in a bar, restaurant and club in Depew, of all places. The band was unenergetic, mushy, uninspiring and the songs from the new album it was touring to support were pale versions of their earlier work.


Blogger Jen(nifer) said...

Aw, but when your almost 2 year old niece goes around singing "Melt wiff youuuu" "getting better all da time" because catching the commerical, it makes yur heart melt into 1000 pieces.

She is also good with KT Turnstall "woo hoo" and Beastie Boys. Right up ther ewith Old MacDonald. :)

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