I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes. I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale. Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not. In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey. I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site. With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment.
I don’t know if I can honestly say that “The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)” by The Bucketheads is something of a House classic, is a good song. I think it’s an earworm-y song. I think it’s an upbeat song. And I think it’s a song that sounds very stuck in it’s place. That’s to say it’s not particularly transcendent as far as dance music goes. This is something become even more obvious when you watch its video.
I mean, I’m not sure that one collection of images could scream “CLUB 90s!!!” more.
The thing about this song, and the reason that I downloaded it many years ago is because it contains a number of hooks that are just too good to ignore. The first is the initial, catchy “These sounds fall into my mind” sample, followed by a number of quick breaks, followed by a brilliant horns sample right at the 49 second mark. For some reason I love those horns. It could be because they almost seem to elevate the song in some way. Like they bring to an air of classiness and jazziness that’s not really to be found in the sample and breaks alone.
Sometimes, enjoying a single element in a song is enough for me to get stuck on it. Savage Garden’s “I Want You” is a good example of this. I know that it’s barely two steps above being a stale, shitty pop song, and I really dislike its chorus, but I can’t get enough of it’s syncopated rhythm. That alone makes it a song I can handle. The same is true with “The Bomb!” and those horns. I want them to be a part of my life.
Okay, look…I suppose that the general timing of this song has something to do with it. Sure. It was the mid 1990s. And I was a young lush who frequently wore ponytails, shiny clothes, tall shoes, and who adored any cocktail with “sour” after its name. “The Bomb!” spoke to my now-defunct party side. It was fun, vibrant, and offbeat — nothing like the hackneyed ka-chunk ka-chunk club beats that pervaded so many dance halls. Hearing the song now reminds me of all that. I can’t say that I long for those days anymore — the past is past, and we all have to grow up — but there are times when I just wanna say fuck this noise, I’m out. “The Bomb!” helps me do that mentally for three minutes and twenty seconds, and I’m alright with that.