christian fitness, "love letters in the age of steam"
I really enjoy tom-heavy drum beats like this. Yeah, I wouldn't want it for every song, but for the occasional tune, bring it on. Also, this song gets in and out in two minutes. Nice work!
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, "Third Finger, Left Hand"
I gotta say, you can count your fingers differently and really change the intent of this title by quite a bit! This isn't the best song from Martha Reeves, when it comes down to it. It's pretty predictable and a little too syrupy. Not unpleasant, but not great.
They Might Be Giants, "The Velvet Ape"
Even when they're not making an explicit kids album, there's a certain percentage of TMBG's songs that kind of sound like they're intended to accompany a cartoon. Also, "The Velvet Ape" sounds like something a disgruntled assistant of Mel Torme might have called him.
Primus, "Welcome To This World"
A great example of when Primus was really on. The spectacular mastery of their instruments is here, but it's not overly showy. There's plenty of askew lyrics and odd figures in the song, but they're not clubbing you over the head with wackiness. Yeah, I suppose the breakdown in the middle is kind of unnecessary, but it's not really a Primus song without some unnecessary ornamentation. At any rate, you can listen to this and enjoy it without feeling like a tool, which isn't always true of their stuff.
J Church, "Why I Liked Bikini Kill"
We all liked Bikini Kill, Lance.
Love the shouted chorus here, too.