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The Big Pink – “Stay Gold” & “Hit The Ground (Superman)” January 11, 2012

Posted by gwyoung in Music, Music Videos, Track Reviews.
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The Big Pink have a new album out in the near future, and though these first two singles may be old news by now, they deserve to mentioned here, especially because they’re pretty much the only good tracks on the album (though I guess “The Palace” and “1313” can hold their own.) I haven’t listened to their debut, but from what I’ve heard the band has eschewed a lot of the shoegazey production that blanketed A Brief History Of Love in favor of tighter, crisper, and more direct pop songs, and it works quite well for the band. Opener “Stay Gold” has an especially good hook:

And just when you think the fun has ended, they move right into the second track, another hit with a catchy, universal chorus that efficiently samples Laurie Anderson’s breakthrough single, “O Superman (For Massenet)”. I’m especially fond of the latter half of the video, where random people blow raspberries with their lips in slow motion:

Finally, just for good measure, I’ll throw in the original Laurie Anderson track. If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen. Her ground-breaking spoken word vocal experiments are definitely worth any music-lover’s time:

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