Mike Vardy rediscovers music he almost forgot existed when he tunes into his favourite online streaming station.
I’ve fast become a fan of streaming music services, basically because they allow me to listen to songs that I don’t actually own — nor would ever buy to have on permanent file. The other joy of these streaming services is that I occasionally happen across songs that I almost forgot about. Rdio, my service of choice, gives me this joyous feeling regularly. So regularly, in fact, that I have listed below 10 songs I almost forgot about.
This guy also wrote the “Golden Girls” theme song. But this hit came far before it, and was less entrenched in my brain than that other song he was more famous for…the Golden Girls theme song.
2. “Cult of Personality” by Living Color
This one was accessible as a result of me having an Rdio account, but it wasn’t where my ears got a taste of it again. That honor goes to professional wrestling programming. This tune is the new theme song for CM Punk, and I’m sure glad it is. Because he’s so going to win back that championship now that he’s got it blaring as he makes his way down the ramp.
3. “Amnesia” by Chumbawumba
Fitting that this one made the cut. It’s their other one hit wonder — TubThumpin’ being the one you want to forget.
4. “The Remedy” by Jason Mraz
This song was played to death when it first came out, so much so that it got played out pretty quickly. I loved it when it came out, hated it when it got played out and remembered my initial love for it when I heard it last month for the first time in ages. I’ve since played it out again.
5. “You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast” by Spin Doctors
After hits like “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” and “Two Princes” it’s no wonder that this song off of their next album was “let go too fast” by my memory.
6. “Misogyny” by Rusty
Sounds better than it reads. During my days working in campus radio at CFMU, I was able to subject my ears to some of the best alternative rock at the time. Rusty made some of the best then, and it’s still music to my ears now. Literally and figuratively.
7. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
Much like Cult of Personality, the resurgence of this one is not Rdio’s doing. A blasted shampoo commercial was what brought this one back to life.
8. “Down” by 311
One of the first (and less memorable) bands to try to combine rap, ska and rock into a melting pot of musical magic, 311 scored big with this song on the college charts back in the day. Whenever that was. What followed was a career trajectory that could only be described as going in one direction: down.
9. “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan
Much like Klaatu sounded like The Beatles, this guy sounded very McCartney-esque. This song makes regular soundtrack appearances, and it wasn’t Rdio that reminded me of it as a result. It was, oddly enough, while watching the film MegaMind. Go figure.
10. “Your Favourite Thing” by Sugar
Bob Mould is a musical genius. I can’t believe I almost forgot about this song, as I’d remembered everything from Copper Blue and nearly everything by Husker Du.
Maybe I should just chalk it up as the rediscovering of almost forgotten music being one of my favourite things.