I‘m pretty sure it’s Sesame Street that’s responsible for my obsession with “words of the day,” so I suppose that means I should be thanking Jim Henson for the fact that today has been filled to the brim with all that is “wonky” in life: I did not get out of bed this morning. No sir, I ziffed out of bed, after which I proceeded to schlif down some breakfast, slink into some clothes, and pick up where I left off in my attempt to cycle through my entire playlist entitled, “Tunes that most closely represent the way I imagine a day in the life of Dr. Seuss would play out.” Confused? Let me explain.
While there are, indeed, a multitude of genres into which one can separate the huge number of disco tunes being produced these days, when it really comes down to it, each of these genres (And we’re speaking purely in terms of “these days” of course– the early nineties are a different story) can be filtered out into two simple, all encompassing categories: Those tunes that take themselves seriously, and those that don’t.
Difficult to grasp? Think of it as the difference between a Deadmau5 set and a Crookers set. What would you expect to hear from each? Well, from Deadmau5 you’d likely expect to be put into a mood; At the very least, the last thing you’d anticipate whilst being surrounded by mind numbing progressive house beats is for Joel to hop on the mic and spit some vulgarity or tell a joke. A Crookers set, on the other hand, has less than six degrees of separation from a Mitch Hedberg performance. In fact, I would be moderately surprised if the guys hadn’t figured out a way to incorporate some old geez’s comedy routine into one of their sets already. Why? Because they don’t take themselves seriously, and thus, neither does their music. The dudes are hardly taking the “surround you with emotion” approach, and you know what? It’s all good with me, because for the moment, wonky seems to be winning.
So what does this all mean? It means it’s time to put your beautifully crafted chord progressions and traditional instruments aside, and let 2009’s platter of questionably crafted sounds, unstable melodies, and poorly syncopated rhythms take you for a journey deep down into the rabbit hole.