Thursday, September 28, 2006

Steve Perry Is Great, and So Is Justin Timberlake

I went to the gym during the lunch and had a religious experience with "Wheel in the Sky" on the treadmill. There is no greater moment than when Steve Perry sings, "The morning sun is rising, it's kissing the day." I was all set to do a post about Perry's five greatest moments, including his amazing part in "We Are the World."

But then my random put on "Damn Girl" by Justin Timberlake, which I had purchased a few days ago but hadn't heard yet. That song is completely amazing. It reminds me a little bit of a 70s-era Rolling Stones song by way of Prince, but there's also a little Beck (I said it), and lots of funk, of course. It's the best pop song, no, best song, I've heard in a long time.

The reason I bought it was that I was in an electronics store where the album was playing, though I didn't know it was JT at the time. But it was so good, I asked the guy at the counter who it was (I never do that). He sheepishly admitted that it was Timberlake, and we both agreed that it was fantastic and though he certainly benefited from the production, he brought a lot to the music himself. I would highly recommend your listening to at least a 30-second preview of "Damn Girl" on the iTunes music store.

6 comments:

Mike said...

Well, I knew that Steve Perry was great, but Justin Timberlake? Hmmm, I guess it never hurts to have an open mind about these things. Too often I get caught up in the image of an artist, and dismiss their music accordingly without giving it a fair listen, especially if the artist in question is overexposed, dating a movie star, dated Britney Spears, and was in a boy-band. I'll check "Damn Girl" out and thank (or slap) you later.

mike said...

Ok - After two listens I'm giving you a two-cheek slap with the purple glove. It's not a bad song, I'd even say I like it a little, but nowhere near great - and I think Dag did it better. Or maybe knowing who it was colored my judgement after all. Anyway, when does Lance Bass' new CD come out?

Jason Hartley said...

I can hardly wait. I hear it's produced by Rick Rubin.

Scottau said...

Just to make it fair...it used to be majorly uncool to like Echo and the Bunnymen, so why not try listening to the Bunnymen's "The Cutter" on fabchannel.com. Be sure to pay attention to the differnce between the crowd noise before the song begins and the sound as the song peaks.

Scottau said...

p.s. I'd suggest listening through headphones...

Anonymous said...

Great song by the Bunnymen. I guess you realize they go into a cover of "Walk on the Wild Side" in the very next song after "The Cutter." Advanced?