It’s Tuesday so that means at ilisteniwatch.com, it’s Tunesday! Every Tuesday, we will share a song with you that we love and hope you will too.
I don’t care much for pop music. And I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with it; there is good and bad music in every genre, pop included. I’m capable of hearing a pop song and saying, “Hey, that’s a good piece of music; that singer/writer/musician/producer is talented.” But usually I won’t seek out the song later and keep listening to it. I just don’t have a taste for pop, like I don’t have a taste for pretzels.
My wife does, though. She likes both, in fact; pop music and pretzels. And even though she’s aware of my tastes, now and then she’ll still bravely offer up twisted knots of salted pop music to see if it’s one I’ll respond to positively. One such morsel that I did very much enjoy (it must have been soft and covered in nacho cheese) was Junior Senior’s “Move Your Feet” from 2003. Junior Senior is a pop duo from Denmark who disbanded to pursue solo projects in 2008. “Move Your Feet” has been featured in several TV shows and video games, so there’s a good chance you’ve heard it, even if pop isn’t your go-to salty snack, either.
I really do enjoy the song, to be sure. It’s fun, it’s dance-inducing, and it’s catchy as hell. Like a really good techno song, they manage to use just a few lyrics repeated over and over without being annoying. And the lyrics don’t overreach; there are no political messages, no melodrama. They just tell you not to stop the beat (can’t stop) (won’t stop), to move your feet. And feel united. Ohhh-oh-oh. It’s pop at its purest and most fun.
But there’s more to my enthusiasm for this particular Junior Senior song. When my wife shared it with me several years ago by showing me the video on YouTube, she learned not just that there is such a thing as a pop song that I like, but also that I can be wildly entertained by animated anthropomorphic objects and animals. And not in a sophisticated, “Oh, haha, isn’t that piece of toast with a face an ironic little doodle” sort of way.
No, in a giggling-uncontrollably, ”LOOK AT THOSE HAPPY TOASTS!” sort of way. In a gleeful, ”THAT HOT DOG JUST WINKED AND IT’S SMILING AFTER GETTING COVERED IN KETCHUP AND MUSTARD SERIOUSLY LOOK AT ITS LITTLE SMILING MOUTH” sort of way.
Perhaps these smiling cartoons do inside of me what pop music does inside of most people. I don’t know. I just know that when hear this song, or even just think about it, I will always see that happy hot dog and I’ll smile and be happy. I can’t explain why, and if I could, it’d probably ruin the feeling anyway.
You don’t need to enjoy the video as much as I do, but go ahead and listen to the song and please, don’t stop (can’t stop) the beat.