I am listening to every song that made the end of the year Billboard Top 100 chart, supplementing my already pretty-good knowledge of indie rock and hip-hop and dinosaur nonsense like Richard Thompson with oodles and oodles of pop nonsense. Early reflections:
– When Tom Chaplin of Keane sang the lines “I’m getting old and I need something to rely on,” he was 25 years old.
– Nickelback had more top 40 hits than almost any band I like, and almost all of them are completely fucking awful. (I do not completely hate “How You Remind Me,” but re-writing it fifty times is the apex of uncool.)
– David Banner’s “Play” is to “Wait (The Whisper Song)” as Michael Steele is to Barack Obama.