WEEK 4!!!! WHOO LET’S GET STARTED!
1. Collective Soul – Listen
The Song: There’s just something about Listen that kind of says if you take a serious song but give a happy sound your bound to have a rather fun song (even if people won’t really get the lyrics the first time). Listen was one of the singles that represented their 3rd album “Disciplined Breakdown” and kind of a good choice since it’s one of two songs I happily remember from it lol
The Video: To be honest, I never knew it had a video since it wasn’t very popular at least at that time. The video has a lot of super sped shots of Chicago…at least I think that’s Chicago…? Besides that, you get the band performing the song as well…but the weird thing is while they’re jamming out, other people are building a cement wall around them…it’s kind of odd but makes sense due to the lyrics. Cool 90s MV ^_^
So why’s in on your iPhone, Brett?: Even though it’s not my favorite Collective Soul song presently, it still has it’s moments and it’s kind of catchy in both verses and chorus. I think Ed Roland’s vocals are pretty much unique and made the song so much better than I thought it’d be.
2. My Chemical Romance – Helena
The Song: Quite argubly their most well-known song and mostly their most popular, Helena was a rock bombshell that I was hoping to hear since at that time, rock was building up popularity once again due to band’s like MCR and Fall Out Boy…and plenty of others. It’s off their second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.
The Video: I remember Helena quite fondly because of the video which was set during a funeral! I mean yeah, that’s sad and all but the band is electrifying and Gerard Way just looks edgy and energetic…it was EPIC! Add in dancers and you got a pretty off the wall but cool performance. Plus during the interlude of the song, Helena (who’s dead) dances down the walkway of the church building and finds herself in the casket and the guys carry her down to the car where it’s droven away in the rain. Such a surprising video but cool at the same time.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: It’s just that powerful of a song and while I never got into the emo/screamo/punk rock style as much as other people (this was roughly about the time I got into J-pop) this song is definitely one of those songs that represent an era of music and I still love it today…still has this angsty but hopeful light to it that makes it a gem!
Ami Suzuki – Alright!
The Song: Alright! is actually Ami’s third A-side in the “CONNETTA” era and I think it was the last before the direction changed into that odd “joins” project. It’s one of Ami’s breezy summer tunes (just thought you should know that).
The Video: It’s been a WHILE since I’ve seen the PV for it but it starts off with Ami waking up in a hotel room with two of her friends in Saipan. Then they have a summer adventure which included hitting the beach, biking, eating, meeting guys and leaving the island. It’s a rather shock to her fans because it wasn’t like her previous avex PVs…Though she looked like she was having loads of fun and Saipan looks pretty as hell!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: There’s a couple of summer songs that I love that are on my iPhone so that’s the first reason. Also, this was the single that was currently being promoted when I started listening to Ami’s music so this was pretty memorable to me for sentimental reasons. It’s still one of her happiest tunes that I actually enjoy ^^
4. Noriko Matsueda / Takahito Eguchi – Calm Lands
The Song: As it’s from FFX-2 (you know, Square’s answer to Charlie’s Angels and all that) this was the new theme for the Calm Lands (which was the largest area in said game (at least IMO it is).
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I’m a fan of the music from X-2 down to VI so there’s a lot to be found on my iPhone about this. I really liked Calm Lands from X-2 because it’s poppy, light, and at the same time kind of futuristic. Despite Uematsu not working on this, it was still pretty good!
5. Ayaka Hirahara – Keropak <HIRARA Remix @ Keronboshi>
The Song: Even though it’s a remix from the Keropak single, this is actually the first time (in my time) to see a Hirahara song being remixed into something other than a remix so this was a surprise!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I really loved the producer of this remix. They took the song that was rather childish originally and turned it into a club banger but a bright one as well and mixed in with Ayaka’s amazing vocals, you got this perfect mix of sound and vocals. It just blew me away and makes me wish it had been the main version TBQH.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS WEEK’S LIST?