Ra Ra Riot – “Boy”
I love discovering music. I could sit for hours, poring over song after song, band after band. I love organizing my albums and getting track listings in order. Sounds strange but it’s comforting. Anyway, I downloaded a playlist the other day that was put together back in November 2010. Some of the songs were bands I knew and some were bands I’d heard of but hadn’t gotten around to familiarizing myself with, others were bands I’d never heard of all together and some were bands I hadn’t listened to in awhile.
Ra Ra Riot‘s “Boy” was on the playlist and it’s probably the first time I’ve really spent any time with them. From the second it started, I couldn’t stop moving my fingers and toes. If you know me in real life, you know that I love to dance. And when this song played in the car, I just wanted to pull over and start dancing on the sidewalk. It’s a very specific style of dance too. The only way I can describe it is using the dance scene from The Breakfast Club — which, by the way, is one of my all-time favourite movies. Just watch Molly at 0:35 and you’ll get what I mean. Strangely enough, when I go dancing/clubbing with friends, I dance pretty similarly to this clip. You should try it. It’s fun.
The Breakfast Club – “Dance”
A friend asked me once why I loved the music I loved and told me to really think about it and come up with a concrete answer. Since then, I’ve always asked myself the same question whenever I find myself getting really attached to a song. Ra Ra Riot’s “Boy” is definitely one of those songs. I’m a huge fan of the 80’s (as you can tell from my love of The Breakfast Club) so the 80s pop feel of “Boy” really sticks to me. It’s that continuous bass line that really drives the song and when you pair the guitar flourishes (2:33 is the perfect example) with the violin and the cello, the song just goes down so smoothly. But even so, the song isn’t sloppy or lazy, it’s a well-oiled package.
Anyway. I don’t want to dissect this song and destroy it or anything, I just wanted to give some space to an awesome song and share why I love it. Ahhh. Now excuse me while I boost the play count on this song a little bit more.
Photo: Ra Ra Riot, Google Images.