Every once in a while someone here at the BPP latches on to a song and just can't let go.
It could be the melody, the lyrics. It could be the memories the song evokes. It could be old or new. It could sound bad but mean something good. It could be almost anything, but one thing that it surely is: The Best Song in the World Today.
My best song today is "Fascination" by Alphabeat. Before you click through to a link for the song, a little back story. I first heard this song on BBC's Radio 1 — I listen to it a lot, I record the morning show — or breakfast show as they say — and listen to it on the iPod after work. And I listen in the evening on Sirius. I did a little digging and found out a bit about Alphabeat: They're Danish, they speak great English, their song "Fascination" was a huge hit in Denmark last summer and their record was just released in the UK.
Radio 1 started playing this song a couple of weeks ago. When I first heard it I was immediately transported to my childhood home. Specifically I get that after school feeling — coming home, having a snack, watching MTV — or whatever cartoon was on. And I couldn't figure out why exactly it was taking me to this place until I was listening to the Radio 1 morning show and they started to talk about how the beginning of the song sounded an awful lot like this one:
Yup, the theme song to Duck Tales. And I was, like, "Huh, it kind of does sound like that."
And then they pointed out that it sounded even more like the beginning of "Footloose":
And I flipped out when they played it, because it all clicked at that moment. The opening beat of "Fascination" is so reminiscent of these two songs — songs that were ubiquitous in my elementary and junior high school days. That's why whenever I hear it I'm back in Superior, after school, three o'clock, on the couch in front of the TV with a bag of chips or cookies, or whatever junk I could find.
I'm still a bit amazed that a song so new can take me to such an old place. It was such a visceral reaction the first time — and the great thing is that still happens every time I hear it, which is why it is my Best Song In the World Today.
After the jump — hear "Fascination," by Alphabeat.