Pop Culture Club

Lyssa Beyer

You might occasionally see a feature in “The Onion” called “Random Rules”, which asks various celebrities to set their MP3 players to shuffle and comment on the first few songs that come up. No exceptions are made and you have to talk about whatever comes up no matter what it might be. After thinking about my mix tape column from a while ago, I figured that I could do something similar as a follow up. After all, who better than to allow into my world of a few thousand Itunes songs than an entire college campus, right?

Other than crossing my fingers that no Backstreet Boys songs come up, I’m ready to begin!

1.”Lyla,” Oasis
I never did get why all my friends growing up said “Wonderwall” was the best song this band ever made. Though I never minded it myself, I did think that it was pretty overrated compared to Oasis’ other material. Personally, I always dug the more hard-rocking Oasis, from their first two or three albums. Since then, their music has been a bit hit or miss. This single from 2005 happened to be one of their better ones though. I became a bit surprised when I heard Noel Gallagher say this almost didn’t make the album. He said it was one of the worst songs in that group. I beg to differ. This was actually their best single in a long time.

2. “The Way You Wear Your Head,” Nada Surf
Discounting any Davy Jones or Rick Springfield shows that I sat at for two songs back in the day, these guys were the first real concert I ever went to over four years ago when I went to UW-Milwaukee. This happened to be the only song I knew of theirs at the time, and though I’ve heard better ones by them since then, this one still holds up decently now.

3. “Skin Divers,” Duran Duran featuring Timbaland
This ’80s band never really went away, as they continued touring and releasing new records in the years since then. On their last album, the band took a new direction by working with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on four songs. This one happens to be where those collaborations worked the best and it resulted in a dark, almost sleazy number that seems custom made for any dance club. I’ll be disappointed if this song doesn’t get at least some public exposure in the future, as it’s a track I picture going particularly well with the college crowd.

4. “I’m Into Something Good,” Herman’s Hermits
My Dad would often play the radio for me while growing up, either at home, while working outside, or on road trips. Most of the time he would play either oldies, country, or even talk radio. Most of my memories from listening probably come from the oldies stations though, which I despised at the time. I’ve come around to the music from his childhood a bit more growing up. This isn’t necessarily one of my favorite oldies, but it does bring me back to driving with him to Minnesota for some reason when I was younger.

5. “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Cher
Obviously, one of my sisters must have left this on my computer awhile back. OK, I actually do have a good story behind this. Over a year ago, my friends and I were at a bar in our hometown. Since we had been doing karaoke at various times during the night, I decided to do one last song just before closing time. My friend and I looked over the catalog and decided to do this one as a complete joke. After he backed out, I was forced to push along and sing this in front of my friends and everyone else there that night. Then the weird part happened: what started out as a complete joke turned into something grand, as the whole bar joined in what was perhaps the biggest sing-along I’ve ever been a part of in my life. Not only were my friends into it, but men and women, old and young, were smiling and shouting the song at the top of their lungs as I led the way. Though my manhood might have taken a bit of a hit as a result, it remains one of the greatest moments of my life in a very weird and surreal way.

Because I really can’t beat that last one, we’ll stop there for the moment. Now everyone go do this with your friends and find out some weird stories behind their songs too.

Tinberg is a senior political science and print journalism major and a columnist for the Spectator. This column appears every Monday.