Saturday, March 12, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge, Day 9: A Song You can Dance To

Somewhere in the recesses of my work-and-chaos-informed existance, I'd intended to post this on Valentine's Day, but that February pseudo-holiday came and went. Fortunately, this song fulfills the booty-shaking quotient required for Day 9 of the 30-Day Music Challenge, and then some, no matter what time of the year.

Outkast's Speakerboxx/The Love Below was one of my favorite listens of the last decade (for reals--see here), in no small part because Andre 3000's portion of that big-selling hip-hop double-disc marked the best platter Prince never released. Sure, it was packed with sonic imagination and hooks to burn, but moreover, you could dance to the mutha.

"Happy Valentine's Day" sports the kind of potent old-school groove that packs dance floors, and it's funny as hell (the venom at the tip of Cupid's arrow, it seems is as rife with giggle juice as it is with the poison of unplanned passion). When the horny imp intones, "Keep on runnin', player...'Cause I got my good shoes on, and I got 'em tied up tight..." it's as hysterical as it is inevitable. Permission to shake your ass is officially granted.

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