Songs du semaine: Blue Man, Alanis, GNR

Seemed only fair to do three, since I haven’t done one of these in a while. Also, I accidentally ran down my iPod battery, so I listened to one of the CDs I’ve had in the car since … hmmm … probably since I got an iPod a couple of years ago.

The first three songs are an interesting, eclectic, upbeat mix. I can’t explain why they fit together — I’d never be a great DJ — but to me, they do.

Blue Man Group, I Feel Love (2003)

Yes, you recognize the title. It’s the Donna Summer-Giorgio Moroder disco classic, remade here with the Blue Men’s large tubular thingamabob standing in for the synthesizer. And instead of Donna Summer, we have Annette Strean of the intriguing techno-ish group Venus Hum. She looks a little like Lisa Loeb but seems like she’d be much more fun.

If you prefer to see it with the full glory of the Blue Man light show (and a couple of fun gags before that), try this:

Alanis Morissette, Eight Easy Steps (2004)

If there’s one valid criticism of Alanis Morissette, it’s that she sometimes gets just a little too wrapped up in her own personal dramas. The overenunciation, the semi-shrieked melodies … sure, she goes overboard sometimes. But the saving grace is that she does indeed have a sense of humor about her whole image, and it comes across in this three-minute blast of up-tempo rock.

Guns N’ Roses, Garden of Eden (1991)

I don’t really care if Chinese Democracy or whatever Axl eventually calls it is released. I’ll just enjoy this one and hope that one day Slash, Duff and the gang can find a lead singer who writes lyrics on this level of brilliance and isn’t a black hole of ego and personal problems.


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