Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Song of the Week (Summer Anthem 2012)

It's that Summer Anthem yall!

Flashback: Summer of 1996 (aka Summa '96)
It was a great year in music. Seriously, from La Bouche's "Be My Lover" to Smashing Pumpkins' "1979", it was a great time in music. MTV hadn't started sucking so terribly. Seal was in his age of prominence #Don't Cry. A young JZ was focused on doing work (#mowinglawns), doin' werk (#mostlyunsuccessfully), and bombing tracks (#studiogangsta #stillwaitingonmyroyaltychecks). The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Flashforward: Summer of 2012 (aka S-12)

A reasonably young JZ, in his 20s, is doing the exact same thing. Sure there are a few notable changes, but seriously, I mowed my parents' lawn a few weeks ago...while listening to Soundgarden. Do we ever really change? Probs not. Probs not, indeed.

Yes, I realize that this song came out prior to 2012, but 2012 is when "A Real Hero" started getting serious rotation on the JZ playlist of life. Yes, I also realize that this was a SOTW months ago. But, how can I deny the Summer Anthem status? I simply Kant. What makes a good Summer Anthem? Well, it has to be totally radd for one. It also has to be versatile enough to get play on the "ride home from work mix" as well as the "poolside chill mix". The last test, and potentially most important, it has to be sing-along-able. "A Real Human Being...being...being..." 'Hero destroys all of these.

Ya know who's not a Real Hero? Kanye. One Direction and Pitbull are also not Real Heroes. They are, however, Real Terrible...#FACE.

You know who is? Sully. This song was actually written as an homage to Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III. Remember Sully, the pilot that landed that plane on the Hudson River? Now, that guy is a Real f'n Hero.

I request that you all immediately download College's "A Real Hero". Play it 10 times today. Then tomorrow night, during a fireworks display, play it at least one more time.

I hope everyone has Real Heroic 4th of July and Summer.

Hope you Dig,