Internal Soundtrack: Young Folks

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I’ve had this song pounding through my skull for more than a couple of days, but the curious thing is that each morning when I wake up, it’s a different part of the song that is in refrain.

On the first day it was the whistling section that comes right after the drum (machine) solo that opens the song. The whistling sets the melody which is then followed by the vocalists.

The second day the portion of the song that was in my mind was the chorus: “We don’t care about the young folks, talkin’ ‘bout the young style. And we don’t care about the old folks, talkin’ ‘bout the old style, too.”

This morning, the third day that the Peter Bjorn and John song was in my head, it was to the lines sung by Victoria Bergsman: “Usually when things has [sic] gone this far, people tend to disappear. No one would surprise me unless you do.”

Her mumbled accent and lack of ennunciation gives the song a haunting feel, like it belongs on the soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange.

The more I listen to Writer’s Block, the album on which “Young Folks” lives, the more I like it. One of the best of last year.


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