Where we have the interns comment on 6 songs that come up on random on the BYT office iPod playlist
Emily, age 19
Dominique, age 22
Julie, age 25
Sarah, age 19
1) “Merchandise” by Fugazi from Repeater (1990)
Emily – This is like something that would make an awesome Guitar Hero song. Maybe not the singing part, that could get hard on the vocal cords, but the repetitive riffs were verrryyyyy Guitar Hero-esque.
Dominique – Smells like a high school mosh pit where are my bum flaps?
Julie – There’s a vintage store in St. Marks in New York that smells like moth balls, sells a lot of t shirts and would 100% play this song.
Sarah – This reminds me of the time when all I listened to was a compilation of 50 punk songs.
2) “Good Times Roll (Part 2)” by RJD2 from Deadringer (2002)
Emily – I like it. It doesn’t seem like the singer is opening his mouth all the way and it’s producing this oddly sexy voice. Kinda old school, pretty awesome.
Dominique – Pretty sure I just fell in love with the vocalist so husky dark and oh lawd those horns
Julie – Windows down in an old Cadillac, summertime in the ‘70s, and I’m a Shaft-esque bad ass.
Sarah – Soulful. Yet upbeat and fun. It’s like two songs in one.
3) “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO from Out of the Blue (1977)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjPqsDU0j2I
Emily – Oh jesus. Hipsters everywhere who have seen “500 Days of Summer” jizz themselves when they hear this song. Not that it doesn’t make me want to bounce around in the middle of the street, because it does.
Dominique – Is it the electric Beatles? Is it Queen post Freddie Mercury? ELO is so happy it makes me want to barf all over Mr Blue Sky
Julie – Oh, I know this jam. Not my favorite, sounds like it belongs in a Fab.com ad.
Sarah – I like this song. It’s cute. Which means this song is probably really dark since almost all cute songs are dark.
4) “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston from Any Way You Like It (1976)
Emily – Was this in American Hustle? Or Boogie Nights? It sounds like something that would be playing in some weird ass disco scene.
Dominique – JIVIN JIVIN JUMPIN JIVE DISCO DISCO DISCO SET ME FREE GET IT THELMA
Julie – Straight up ‘70s diva realness, where are my bellbottoms and invite to Soul Train? Dig it.
Sarah – It’s like Dreamgirls. Except not.
5) “Unfinished Sympathy” by Massive Attack from Blue Lines (1991)
Emily – This beat is hotttttttt. This voice is hotttttt. This song is hottttt.
Dominique – Dr. House and I share painkillers. Also, Teardrops was essentially the theme song of my college radio trip hop show, cause I wasnt called “Lady Pleasure” for nothing
Julie – Paging Dr. House?
Sarah – Dreamy. I can see the singer floating on a sea of gauzy fabric and singing.
6) “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce from Dangerously In Love (2003)
Emily – THE QUEEN. Despite having to warm-up to this song every day in my middle school gym class (back when we all had to wear terrible matching gym uniforms), it holds a soft spot in my heart and my workout routine.
Dominique – QUEEN BEY GOT ME HOPING SHED PAGE ME RIGHT NOW
Julie – Get ‘em Yonce! Big time strutting and hair flipping song.
Sarah – BEYONCE!!