“September,” Earth, Wind, and Fire
Jaybird has a doozy of a question:
One of the thought experiments I’ve toyed with recently is going back to 1959 and playing a record producer a song that will totally break his brain into a million little pieces. Here are the rules:
1) It has to be musically accessible. None of this Slayer “Raining Blood” stuff.
2) It has to use tools that will be immediately recognizable to the listener. You can use electric guitars and drums and even synthesizers… but no autotune. This means, probably, recognizable lyrics.
3) No swearing. (I came up with this rule when I described this game to Maribou and she immediately said “Cee-Lo“)
4) You don’t get to say The Misfits’ “Last Caress“. Yeah, that would win. Okay. Fine. Let’s think about second place, shall we?
A few other possibilities: “Hand in Hand,” Elvis Costello, “Louie, Louie,” The Kingsmen, “Rudy Can’t Fail” or “Lost in the Supermarket” from The Clash, “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson, and “Purple Rain,” Prince.