There is plenty to not like about the Olympics this year. Seeing as it is a winter Olympics, the airwaves will be dominated by figure skating. It will be tough to see much of the good stuff live. And this year, the Olympics take place in weird, backward Russia.
The problem with Olympic theme songs is two-fold. First, the artists chosen are typically pop junk. Second, it would be a much better strategy to re-purpose great existing songs rather than commission artists to write brand new songs for the tradition. These songs are all equally terrible, and the worst among the many failed attempts by the Olympic higher-ups to get hooked on an outdated tradition. Enjoy and let us know what we missed.
5. Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado – “Bang the Drum”
“Bang the Drum” is like something you would hear on the downward spectrum of contemporary Christian radio. The fact that a song this terrible was greenlit for the 2010 Olympics, and put together by such accomplished artists (yes, I love Bryan Adams) is a major fail on the part of everyone involved.
LxL is taking a short hiatus for the upcoming holiday weekend, but before we go we wanted to give thanks for our favorite songs that also happen to give thanks in their own right. Because this is not a Top Ten Thursday post, we decided to keep things short and sweet with five solid tracks in this edition of Weak List Wednesday: Thanks!. We feel these tracks best represent the spirit of thankfulness, glorified gluttony, and pilgrims eating Native Americans … I mean pilgrims eating WITH the Native Americans … wait how’d that go? Anyways, onto the list:
Bam! Just like that, artists began dropping tracks from the sky upon us all this past week. With the slight dry spell we have hit here in the late summer, it is nice and refreshing to have a breath of new music scattered upon us. It also is a pleasant reminder of some albums we have to look forward to this fall. So I decided to take advantage of these new single track releases by throwing out this list. There were in fact quite a few other songs dropped this past week as well, so you should dive into those as well, but these were my favorites. This was an impromptu list that I just constructed myself, so if something on the list does not sit well I am held solely responsible, and no blame should be put on the rest of the LxL team. Enjoy:
5. Nine Inch Nails – “Everything”
The most shocking song I’ve heard from NIN in … probably ever. Not due to any shocking lyrics or grossly aggressive industrial beats, but because of how poppy it is. That is right, welcome the poppiest, most new wave influenced song to ever exist in the Nine Inch Nails catalogue. I have to say I love it. The sound fits Reznor well, and although it may take a bit of getting used to from NIN, it’s a new trick for an old dog, and I love it.
We have reached the halfway point of our 2013, so it’s time to bring out our mid-term lists for the season. With so many great options to choose from already in 2013 it was hard to narrow this list down. Acts like Foxygen, JT, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs may have all gotten snubbed, but here is what made our top 5:
5. Savages – “She Will”