Sunday, October 19, 2003

In Concert: Lyle Lovett

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Venue: Midland Theater; Kansas City, MO

The Set List:

1. Instrumental
2. Election Day *
3. The Truck Song *
4. Cute As a Bug *
5. My Baby Don't Tolerate *
6. In My Own Mind *
7. Big Dog *
8. Working Too Hard *
9. Nothing But a Good Ride *
10. You Were Always There *
11. Pontiac
12. Her First Mistake

13. If I Had a Boat
14. Give Back My Heart
15. Walk Through the Bottomlands
16. I've Been to Memphis
17. That's Right, You're Not from Texas
18. Good Intentions
19. San Antonio Girl *
20. Wallisville Road *
21. I'm Going to Wait *
22. I'm Going to the Place *
23. Church (encore)

* From the album My Baby Don't Tolerate (2003). "On Saturday Night" was the only song from the album that wasn't played.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

OutKast charted with the Song of the Decade, “Hey Ya!”: October 18, 2003

Originally posted October 18, 2012.

Although obsolete, the Polaroid camera will maintain a place in pop music history, thanks to singer AndrĂ© 3000’s call to “shake it like a Polaroid picture.” That catchphrase and others like the response to “What’s cooler than cool?” with “Ice cold,” made the song iconic. However, it is the song’s rallying call for every demographic to flood the dance floor that makes it, as quoted on Consequence of Sound, “the decade’s ‘Teen Spirit,’ man.” CS As said, “you could see yourself partying to in college just as easily as you could watch your parents sweat to it in spin class.” PE

Like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Hey Ya!” was the moment when a masterful artist “made a record that sounded like everything on the radio and nothing anyone had heard before.” PE “Married to the sound of some mid-’60s dance craze that never was, ‘Hey Ya’ exemplified something very few tunes of the time had; a sense of fun.” PE Its merge of genres suggested “the walls between rock and R&B and hip-hop were about to topple.” PE

The song “featured rap lines fed through a vocoder and re-recorded up to 30 times” NME and engineer Rabeka Tuinei was the lone voice behind the “ladies” cheering halfway through the song. RS500 On top of that, Dre told Rolling Stone that its guitar chords, the first he ever learned, were inspired by the Ramones, the Buzzcocks, the Smiths. RS500

There was also an “equally brilliant paradigm-smashing video” PE aping the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show Add a clever viral video with A Charlie Brown Christmas footage spliced to match the song, and you’ve got the decade’s signature hit.

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