(It's Day Nine of our look at some quality songs that couldn't crack the Top 100. The full list of my 100 Songs for 2010 will be available December 6.)
Judging by all available hit count data, it's unbelievable how quickly everyone stopped caring about these Outtakes blog posts. I don't know what to tell you. They'll be over on Sunday. Then we'll see who's laughing.*
*Note: I have no idea who will be laughing, or why.
Jonsi - "Go Do"
Side project of the lead singer for Sigur Ros, a band who sometimes sings in Icelandic and sometime sings in a totally made-up language. This song is in English, though it may take you awhile to realize it. You'll go into it expecting a beautifully incomprehensible Sigur Ros song, and then Jonsi's purposefully irregular enunciations and emphases will further confuse you, until you get to a more straightforward English section and think to yourself, "Holy crap, I think I'm starting to understand Icelandic!" You are not. Though that would be awesome.
Janelle Monae - "Tightrope"
Penguin Prison - "Animal Animal"
Nothing has changed since the last time we discussed this song. There will still never be a more profound lyric than, "I wish Mike Tyson was my friend / Then I would tell him everything / That I'm so nervous ..."
Mike Tyson would totally understand. Then maybe you guys could go up to the roof and watch pigeons.
Kite Flying Society - "Coney Island"
Probably better than the "Coney Island" song that made my 2008 list. Early bird gets the worm, though. On the Top 100, we're moving forward.
Miles Kurosky - "I Can't Swim"
At a certain point, I realized I only wanted this song to make the Top 100 so I could talk about how much I loved Beulah, Miles' old band. Then I thought, well, I can just do that here. So ... I miss Beulah. Go listen to them here.