The catchiest (and usually the most memorable) part of a pop song is the refrain. It’s usually the easiest part of a song to sing along to and we know that kids looooove to sing along!
Today’s Cool Kids selection comes from the Swedish band The Cardigans and features one of the catchiest and most fun refrains in all of pop music to sing along to. Yes, we’re talking about “Lovefool” with its simple, yet profound cry of “love me, love me, say that you love me!” This song became an international hit after being featured in the Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” film in 1996.
Take a listen (and shout along) to The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”:
There’s not too much more to say about today’s Cool Kids selection. The hook of this song is one of the best, yet simplest, ever written. Young folks will certainly enjoy screaming along to Damon Albarn’s chant of “woo-hoo” while the crunchy guitars collide all around it.
Kids like things that are familiar and this song has been used almost everywhere. If your Cool Kid has watched TV or played a video game, there’s a good chance that she’s heard this song before. Clocking in at a hair over 2 minutes, this one is great for those with short attention spans.
Take a listen to Blur’s “Song 2”:
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy: No Age "I Won't Be Your Generator" - The L.A. duo is going to be part of the Station to Station tour, which stops at the train station at Liberty and Grant on Sept. 8. The new album from No Age is An Object; this tune kinda reminds me of a slow-burning Mission of Burma tune.
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: Kids love to dance. There’s just no stopping them. Once their little feet start moving, look out!
Today for Cool Kids, we have a song from legendary soul man Ray Charles. Released in 1956, “This Little Girl Of Mine” plays off of the gospel classic “This Little Light Of Mine”. The call and repeat section of the chorus provides a fun opportunity for kids to shout along and, of course, you can dance, dance, dance to this song.
Take a listen to Ray Charles’ “This Little Girl Of Mine”:
Scottish alt-rock veterans Belle & Sebastian have been around for 17 years, so they have a lot of stray material floating around— and more than just 8 studio albums, apparently. Their most recent release, The Third Eye Centre, streaming now at The Guardian website, is a the 19-track rarities collection. It includes various remixes of songs like "I'm a Cuckoo," but more importantly, songs such as "Suicide Girl," "The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House," "Passion Fruit," and other bonus tracks, compilation tunes, and EP gems you've probably never heard are included.
TEC contains outtakes stretching from 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress to 2010's most recent Write About Love. It will be released on August 27th, and you can stream it right now here. Belle & Sebastian also performed in Pittsburgh for the very first time in July, and you can read about that show on WYEP's blog.