Friday, October 14, 2011

Party in the USA

Song: Party in the USA
Artist: Tokyo Police Club
Album: 10 x 10 x 10

I'm not familiar with Tokyo Police Club, they're an indie-rock act from Ontario that formed in 2005.  They've released two proper albums and have just released "10 x 10 x 10," (also known as 10 Songs. 10 Years. 10 Days.) a project they did this summer in which yes, they recorded a song a day over ten days, one from each year in the 2000's, up to last year... 2010.

They started with Moby's "South Side,"into Jimmy Eat World's "Sweetness," The Strokes "Under Control," Kelly's "Since U Been Gone," and on.  They obviously hit some indie-rock cross-overs, but also went for indie dance tracks (LCD's "All My Friends") and then a rock track, my favorite Queens of the Stone Age track, "Little Sister."  Obviously with the Kelly Clarkson song they wanted to do a little tongue-in-cheek pop cover... but then decided to end the whole project with...

Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA."  Huh.

Well full disclosure... while I never wrote about "Party in the USA," as I discovered it way after it was huge, I absolutely LOVE this song.  If there is a guilty pleasure award for guilty pleasures... this is the winner.  But man, is it a WINNER.  The Jessie J co-written song has a bouncy charm and irresistible chorus that no man or woman can resist.  It's funny that Tokyo Police Club had chosen both "Since U Been Gone" and this track... as "Gone" is one of the biggest crossover hits of that decade, one in which pop kids and indie punks can agree to its massiveness.  And the same SHOULD have happened with "Party in the USA."  But I just think Miley is just a little too polarizing. (the reason I only allowed myself to listen to it way after the fact.  What a bloody snob.)

Anyhow, this version loses itself a little in the end with that extended breakdown where they name like... all the States, but the foundation is there... it's such a great song, and cool to hear it in this more rock form.

Enjoy.  And happy Friday!

Party in the USA

South Side

All My Friends

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