We are having a fabulously sunny Bank Holiday Weekend here in the UK, so what better way to celebrate than by listening to songs that make you happy? If you have an earworm you’d like to share, please send an .mp3, .m4a or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be geometric shapes (circles, squares, triangles, parallelograms … lots of songs about parallelograms, I’m sure). Many thanks to all contributors.
Kate and Anna McGarrigle – Kiss and Say Goodbye – glassarfemptee: I thought about this theme a long while, as a lot of songs make me happy, so it was hard to chose. This song from Kate and Anna McGarrigle is from a time of love and happiness and reminds me of it whenever I play it, and rekindles that feeling. Also, I was lucky enough to see them play this live, which also makes me happy. And, of course, its a cheery upbeat song in itself.
The Stone Roses – Waterfall – AliM: I never knew anything about The Stone Roses when they were popular, but having heard this since, I love it – if it’s played on the radio I immediately turn up the volume and could quite happily have it on repeat.
Gary Clark Jr. – Gotta Get Into Something – tincanman: Previously an “amazing live, but…” guy, his latest, This Land, vaults Clark into the rarified company of the likes of Prince and Curtis Mayfield; Black Americans who used their prodigious talents to make activist earwormy music. The unbridled enthusiasm of this Ramonesian rave up even makes me happy. Go ahead – try and sit still. Woooo!
Yello – Who’s Gone? (“Who’s Groove”) – shoegazer: Eccentric Swiss synth-pop makes me happy.
Kuricorder Quartet – Nellie the Elephant – severin: I sent this in to Earworms once before, many years ago. Four Japanese blokes who play ukulele, melodica, recorder, basic percussion, tuba, guitar and other instruments. Not all at once. Only four in each song. When I saw them playing at the Festival Hall, this one was the clincher. Daft and sublime.
Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men – tincanman: Guilty pleasure. ‘Nuff said.
Los Lobos – I Wan-na Be Like You – Ravi Raman: ‘King Louie’ never fails to lift my spirits. Especially the original clip. I have added the Los Lobos cover for the list.
Katzenjammer – To The Sea – severin: The lyric is actually about somebody’s beloved being lost, probably drowned, at sea. But the music makes it sound like a celebration. And when they played it live, Anne Marit would lead us all in doing the actions. “The wind” was my favourite.
The Cure – Close to You – AliM: So many catchy little repeated phrases in this, particularly the one that first comes in at 1.04-1.11. It just keeps building into a joyous jumble of sound.
Rare Earth – I Just Want To Celebrate – Ravi Raman … another day of li – – – fe. First rate soul rocker that’s another lifter upper for me.