February 15, 2007
80's music: I want to take you on
Apparently it can take 20 years for a song to click. That’s called a grower, right? For some reason, I've become obsessed with the Pointer Sisters 1985 minor hit Dare Me. Not as good as Jump and certainly better than Neutron Dance, Dare Me is pop music played with Rick James-ian flair. I've listened to it non-stop on my iPod the last few days, but it took until today for me to realize that the song is a virtual blueprint for Tracey Thorn's new single It's All True. It has the same drum machine, the same squeegee synth flourishes that come and go in seconds, even the same fantastic live drums tumbling down through certain moments of the track. Yes, it’s a little tacky, but it’s also a killer pop tune that suddenly sounds really fresh, at least to my ears.
You can get Dare Me on iTunes US