While I mostly remember this these days as the first music I liked that my parents didn’t “get”, at the time I honestly did not expect to still thoroughly enjoy Theme From S-Express over 20 years later. Acid House was, after all, every bit as disposable as the chart-reigning SAW bubblegum pop. Still, it was a “moment” historically – perhaps as pivotal in its own way as Rock Around The Clock – and like other genre-defining chart-toppers has the added benefit of being a pretty memorable tune.
At the video game forum where I hang out, someone linked to a rather stupid article from 2001 called “Where did all the catchy tunes go?”, in which Steve Sailer claims that – well – things ain’t what they used to be. I could have ignored it, could have walked away, but I thought there was a defence to be made for modern pop. I know this because I’ve been there: saying that there aren’t great songs out there only proves that you haven’t been paying attention. Continue reading →