Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pop/Fizz Songs

It was our wedding anniversary yesterday, but rather than going out for dinner, we decided to stay in and have pasta - and a nice California merlot. With so many restaurants ahead of us on the trip, it's cozy to enjoy the comforts of a home-cooked meal. Especially with a cleanse coming up. Because spaghetti doesn't taste quite as yummy without a glass of red wine. It's still delicious, but there's a zing that's missing and that's the unfortunate truth. So it's fun to enjoy a favorite dinner with wine, especially in the week leading up to a cleanse.

A big part of the night (as always) was the music. We went retro. The hubs put on "Frank Sinatra and Count Basie Live at the Sands." It's a good old-fashioned record that evokes tuxedos, mink stoles and martinis.  

Lots and lots of martinis. 

Frankie even sings about finding some 'exotic hooch' in ol' Bombay in the classic, "Come Fly With Me."   

I've really been struck lately by how many pop songs there are about drinking. I can't remember any real reference to drinking or getting drunk in music when I was growing up. Sex. Dancing. Nuclear war. Sure. But booze?

So I went on over to the New Music Express website where they've got a list of the top ten songs about drinking. From the Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" to the Replacement's "Here Comes a Regular," from Janis Joplin's "What Good Can Drinking Do" to Underworld's "Born Slippy" there have been plenty of songs about drinking in pop history. 

But today, it seems to be a growing phenom. Pink, Kei$ha, Rihanna, Mr. Snoop Dogg/Lion, LCD Soundsystem, Usher, Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, there's barely a pop act out there who isn't on the party bandwagon in at least one of their hits. 

But the song that really gets me is "We Are Young" by fun. In that one, not only is everyone getting drunk and high at a bar - but the singer's girlfriend is trying to explain to someone how she got a scar ... that the singer himself gave her 'months ago' that still hasn't healed.

How she got this scar isn't explained, but considering the scope of partying mentioned in this tune, it's sort of understood that Mr. Songbird must've gone on a drunken bender that turned violent. But because she's still with him despite all this, if she's too drunk to walk after the bar closes, he'll be a good boyfriend and 'carry her home.' Ahhh, holding each other up after a drinking binge. Now that's young love.

Hell of a bizarre twist to a pop song - domestic violence. But I still can't help myself: I love this tune. Maybe partly because of its controversial honesty. Because if there's one thing this song gets right, it's this: drinking isn't always just fun.

Sources: "Listomania: Ten Best Songs About Drinking" by Priya Elan, October 13, 2011 - "We Are Young" by fun.

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