Whether or not it’s taking the Internet by storm (how many millions of views are required for one to be considered viral and therefore successful?), everyone owes it to themselves to hear and/or see Rick Astley’s damn fine take on the Foo Fighter’s classic, “Everlong.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, looky here:
It’s pretty damn fine, as I said.
As a fan of Rick Astley’s work well before he became a meme, I figured I’d throw out my own personal set list of covers that I’d like to see Mr. Astley perform, y’know…because I’m sure he nothing better to do and also reads this blog.
Considering the sea of music that’s available, inspiration for this list came directly from Astley’s own utterance about the joy of songs that lifts one’s spirits. Indeed, even with all the shit that’s been going on, both in the world and within my own life, I’ve taken recent refuge in a particular cache of songs that I’d consider happy – top 40 radio hits of the mid to late 80s. What I find a little funny is that this particular time frame dates to my middle school era, which, as for most, was a time filled with confusion, awkwardness, and general fuck-all awfulness. In and among it all, I traveled own happy place every Sunday. For two straight hours, after church and breakfast, I’d lock myself in my room and listen to the Top 40 Radio Countdown (with Kasey Kasem). I never grew tired of the (hindsight being 20/20) predictableness of the list or hearing the same songs over and over. There was something fun and dramatic in in “watching” songs move up and down the list as they battled for radio supremacy from week to week. And in those two musical hours, all my troubles simply melted away.
For better for worse, lots of song from that little era have stuck with me to this day, and yes, Mr. Astley’s own hits are among them. And therefore, if I may address this kind sir of pop music that makes me happy, whenever you’re like, totally bored and wish to make another cool cover for the Internet to enjoy, may I, with no further peanut gallery comments, recommend the following?
“So Alive” by Love and Rockets
“Shattered Dreams” by Johnny Hates Jazz
“Wild, Wild West” by The Escape Club
“Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” – by Glass Tiger
“Things Can Only Get Better” by Howard Jones
And for bonus XP:
“Two of Hearts” by Stacey Q