A Throwback to New Songs

It’s Thursday, so social feeds are again flooded with stuffs from God knows when. And there’s always a good chance that an embarrassing photo of you will crop up somewhere.

So, as we monitor our online reputations, I’d like to suggest a few songs to listen to in the background. You know, to add to that throwback atmosphere. But I’ll be playing with the concepts of past, present and future. It’s kind of like the X-Men’s Days of Future Past, but for music.

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Back to the Future with Gwen Stefani

Yes, that Gwen Stefani from The Voice Season 7. She just recently released “Baby Don’t Lie,” a single off her upcoming solo album. But she’s still part of the band No Doubt, which is also working on a new album. And way back in 1999, she and Tom Dumont (the band’s guitarist) co-wrote this song entitled “New.”

At the time, it seemed new indeed. It was an unexpected deviation from their sound, which was usually influnced by ska punk. Most people say that the song is flavored with New Wave, an older musical style. But I didn’t quite picked that up — I thought it sounded like the future. I actually thought that Orgy’s “Blue Monday” sounded more new wave. But hey, that’s just me.

I liked the unusual song structure of New. More so, I liked the drums in it, which apparently used guitar pedals and effects to achieve that futuristic vibe. Oddly, it reminded me of Metallica’s St. Anger album, which also had a unique drum sound. In contrast, that one had a raw, garage band feel to it. Unfortunately, most fans and critics didn’t liked it as I did.

Back in the Day When They Were New

Right behind the heels of my recent article is another acoustic driven tune from Days of the New. The song is “Touch, Peel and Stand,” and it is the carrier single of their first album back in 1997.

“Touch, Peel and Stand” is one of my all time favorite acoustic songs. Every now and then, I purposely look it up and play it on repeat. But for some reasons I can’t fathom, it’s actually not known in my social circles. And to think that the song was:

  • played in one of the episodes of Dawson’s Creek, a very popular teen drama series
  • performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, a high rating talk show
  • on the OST of Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (yes, the WWF wrestler)

That’s a smorgasbord of different demographics right there. But it seems that the universe is conspiring for me to not meet people who know the song. So if you do know “Touch, Peel and Stand,” please inform me in the comments section below.

The song was also actually #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for sixteen weeks. Yes, you read “mainstream” and that was 16 looong weeks. Supposedly enough exposure for my friends to stumble upon it. But no dice, so I’m using #tbt as an excuse to bring it up again now (thanks Internet!).

A New Band With an Old Song

No, we ain’t talking about a band’s cover or remake of an oldie here. Rather, this is about the latest vintage sounding single of Tennis, a band who have only been around since 2010. The song is entitled “I’m Callin,” and it’s off their third full length album “Ritual in Repeat.”

I found the music video…weird. Specially the dancing. Weird dancing seems to be the norm these days. I just watched Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” and she’s dancing in it while wearing a vintage office attire. I also watched The Ting Tings “Wrong Club” and Katie White was also dancing, but while wearing tights.

Anyway, I’ve been hearing about Tennis for quite some time and I’m really liking their sound. But with “I’m Callin,” they sound more polished and mainstream. Which isn’t bad — I don’t mind them tightening their music and packaging it for a wider audience. But I still tend to gravitate more to their previous offerings like “Origins,” “Mean Streets” and “100 Lovers.”

Ritual in Repeat just dropped this September, so I’ll definitely check out more of their stuff.

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