A truly great pop song will weave itself into the fabric of society.
Sir Elton John.Rocket Man
Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote some great pop songs-this is my favorite. Their collaboration represents a high-water mark for Top 40 radio and raised all boats to a new level of quality.
This man was not knighted because of Knomio and Juliet or that Circle of Life thing in Lion King.
Not only do we have a fantastic song by Captain Fantastic-We also have this sequel to Bowie’s Space Oddity and a Ray Bradbury Sci-Fi vibe going on. It was like realizing that the space age is not something that should freak us out anymore-this is where we live now.
He brought the whole thing down to earth so that we could all go on the trip and get back home safely.
The best art always takes you on a journey and lets you return to solid ground.
It makes me think of this video which is worth a look because it brings this thing full circle.
Like the song says-Being a rock star or an astronaut is a job- getting up and putting on the flashy suit to punch the clock and do the best you can for the day. You do not always have to like it and you don’t always have to be completely swept up in the emotion of the experience us mere mortals take as living like a god. In fact, if you approach it the right way- you just might stay on top and have people care for a “long , long time”.
Lady GaGa.Bad Romance
“I’m a free bitch, baby”
This line makes me laugh when I hear it yelled in the background-it also evokes strength and power when it returns later in the song as a cold statement of fact.
I love Lady Gaga- She always knocks over the big milk cans of society and does not care who gets splashed. She is bigger than life; riding a wave of controversy with flair and artistry. She just goes for it every single time.
She has been accused of being everything bad in this world-she has even been labeled as being a man?
This man thing kind of confuses me- It is a weird kind of redneck feminist fear about her being too powerful to be a woman. That same fear would turn into a life-threatening blood rush of excitement if she posed in one of her costumes with a bow and stood over the carcass of a fresh killed 8 point buck.
We live in strange times and she is our hero.
I am not a little monster but we created this phenomenon known as Lady Gaga.
And she says more about us than we do about her.
Micheal Jackson.Billie Jean
“Billie Jean is not my lover, she’s just the girl who claims that I am the one”
A good ol’paternity lawsuit will give you a little street cred, especially when you are trying to break through and become the “King of Pop”.
Or a song about it is close enough to send Michael Jackson into the stratosphere of musical stardom; he would not find his way back to earth.
Bob Dylan once said that everyone had a copy of the “Thriller” album. The record was a big deal-it broke the color barrier on MTV….who would have guessed that MTV would break the stupid barrier a few years after this and never look back?
This was 1982 when MTV and vinyl records still ruled the earth…I know…it does seem possible, almost as relevant as dinosaurs to a generation today-but it did happen.
Just like with Lady Gaga- Michael Jackson gives us all these weird dichotomies- Woman or man “He is trying to look like Elizabeth Taylor” Black or White “He is getting skin lightning treatments”- Kid or Adult…I don’t know where to start with this one.
And that is just a hint of the circus that followed “His One-Glovedness” around.
This song is as good as pop music gets and we have a moon walk on top of the podium.
Next –we take on Progressive—and as always-Cheers from the cave!
6 thoughts on “Cave Olympics – Pop”
Nice call on the gold – that gradual layering in the intro, as close to pop perfection as I’ve heard. Throw in the moonwalk, it’s no contest!
Even in the depths of my prog rock obsession…I too bought the Thriller album when it was released.
And I agree with Bob Dylan, I had a copy of Thriller, but all I have now is a greatest hits CD.
Thanks Mike- and congrats on that little hockey game in Russia yesterday!
Thanks Wayne, it was a good one for sure, a nailbiter to the last second!
Love it! And great Big Bang reference too!