Reason I didn’t do Week 21 last Sunday is mainly because I wanted to give space to the posts since there would’ve been three up. So I just made this week 10 songs. Next week it’ll go back to normal.
1. Animotion – Obsession
The Song: Yup, starting out the ten, Obsession is definitley a pull to my nostalgic 80’s new wave appreciation. It’s definitely the group’s biggest hit and some consider them a one-hit wonder.
The Video: The video for Obsession is kind of weird but funny at the same time. Most of the time the band is dressed up as different famous people like Cleopatra, Mark Antony, and even Amelia Earhart. It’s goofy and kind of a flirtatious video as well because both lead singers seem to flirt a lot in the MV.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: The song was definitely ahead of its time and really stuck out to me when it came out. I love the rather futuristic tones of the song and wasn’t expecting to have such a bizarre video to go with it. Great song!
2. Drake – Find Your Love
The Song: Drake’s Find Your Love is one of Drake’s biggest songs in his career…yeah lol What more is there to really say huh?
The Video: Simply the story for Find Your Love is that Drake wants to see this girl again that he met at the club and had hot shmex clearly. Though I guess the girl belongs to some gang leader and the video ends with Drake being caught and tied to a chair and that’s how it simply ends…on some cliffhanger that really isn’t explained otherwise in Drake’s later stuff. Oh yeah and he’s performing in a studio as well…hmmm…all in Haiti?
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: You don’t see many hip-hop/rap songs on here so this is a rare occasion for me. I will admit that I was happy that Drake was actually singing in the song rather than just doing rapping. I love the mysterious and dark glow and funny that I love the ~yeah yeah yeah~ parts…catchy tune here!
3. The Jonas Brothers – Hold On
The Song: Hold On is the trio’s 2nd song off their debut album. One of their harder hitting songs shockingly enough…not really very poppy but somewhat angsty.
The Video: The video is just the three performing the song in a room at first. After the first chorus, things start to change like wind starting the blow the objects in the room around and the final chorus the walls fall down and they’re performing in front of tall rocks/small mountain? I don’t know but that’s about it lol.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Now, I’m no JoBro fan, but this song actually is kind of good despite it’s three guys still going through puberty. I mean granted they aren’t great singers but still it’s a good and catchy song.
4. The Cranberries – Zombie
The Song: Zombie by The Cranberries is definitely a 90’s song but it’s also quite good from this Irish band heh.
The Video: Well, the video is done in black and white (well except for when O’diordan and kids are in front of a cross. I think the video is about the whole Northern Ireland deal (maybe just on kids and war, I don’t know). It’s a really dark video for such a topic but it sent it well…though it did get confusing towards the end because I’m not sure if the boy dies or not…but hmmmm…interesting.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I love Zombie because it is quite dark and the lyrics are kind of true stuff. Plus I love the lead singer’s vocals for some reason…it’s unique and powerful and I love it!
5. Perfume – Butterfly
The Song: Ahhh Butterfly, one of the more interesting Nakata songs he’s done. Off from GAME, Butterfly stands out a lot because it’s not a song that focuses on lyrical content but more on the musical aspect of the tune.
The Video: For the video, it’s not as conceptual as many of their others because this PV was only on a Live DVD so it’s kind of understandable. They’re wearing their “Dream Fighter” outfits (maybe a little different) but it’s still kind of underwhelming. The effects used though were pretty cool…all the colors and and the phasing in through spaces effect is awesome.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Butterfly always paints a picture in my mind that it’s supposed to be like a jungle in your mind…almost tribal. I really love Nakata’s work in the song and the girls worked it well too. Is it sad that I prefer the shorter version from the video than the album’s long take? Weird…
6. HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – fly me to the other moon
The Song: This sog is from HaMC’s final album, swamp man. Sticks out because it has a bit more synth than more than their discography.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Like I said, the synths really made me love the song quite a lot. Plus HALCA sounds really pleasant and Yuusuke is edgy like crazy. It’s a great song from them…damn I miss them quite a bit!
7. Kylie Minogue – Red Blooded Woman
The Song: Red Blooded Woman is actually Kylie’s most-well known song in the states from Body Language. Quite an interesting track.
The Video: There’s not a lot to this video either but it’s kind of made up because it’s quite sexy. Kylie is kind of weaving her way through traffic doing many different things. By the time the song gets into the ending area, it gets dark and choreography is seen. Classy video and really fun.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Well, this song was pretty much locked my love for the it because of how much exposure it got in the states. Might not be my favorite from the album, but this song is sassy and cool to listen to.
8. KOTOKO – Ketsudan no entrance
The Song: Ketsudan no entrance isn’t exactly a single for her but it was featured on the compilation does every once in a while, EXTRACT.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: This song is powerful and makes me respect KOTOKO as a singer because she can hit and hold notes quite well. Plus it’s I’ve Sound trance so it’s of course going to be really good. Definitely a strong song to listen to.
9. Utada Hikaru – HEART STATION
The Song: HEART STATION (an A-side and was eventually raised to be a title track of said album. Definitely different but still quite cool.
The Video: I’ve always wondered what was going on in the PV for this because it’s so elusive and mysterious and it definitely has hidden meanings strewn through it. I mean we have Hikki sitting on a train with headphones on while everyone else is in shadow form. It’s completely unusual but it does give a feel of loneliness (which kind of works with the song too). It still doesn’t make too much sense to me otherwise and I would’ve thought she would’ve made this PV more bold or something.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I love HEART STATION despite having such a confusing PV. I love the cold and lonely feel of the song for sure. I know vocally, it’s kind of Hikki’s low point to the song but it’s really pretty otherwise.
10. Unwritten Law – Seein’ Red
The Song: Once again, Seein’ Red to me feels like it’s the band’s biggest hit and only one most people could remember lol.
The Video: Kind of simple from them, a lot of the video is them performing inside a home with a crowd enjoying the music and such. There’s other scenes like the main singer singing the lyrics around the house actually.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I remember sitting in the bedroom watching MTV2/MTV and this song was all over the airwaves there. It’s pretty emo/angsty without having been named so yet (before Fall Out Boy basically). It was just rockin and energetic and the lyrics fit me well too so…this song kind of stood out and I loved it enough to be in my iPhone.