Frivolous Fridays are the Orbit bloggers’ excuse to post about fun things we care a lot about that may not necessarily have serious implications for politics or social justice. Although any day is a good day to write about our passions outside of social issues, we sometimes have a hard time giving ourselves permission to do that. This is our way of encouraging each other to take a break from serious topics and have some fun.
After writing about depression and music today, I thought that the first Frivolous Friday would be a good opportunity to show off the lighter side of my musical tastes. Here’s a selection of seven fun, frothy songs to close the day out.
1) The B-52’s: “Rock Lobster”
2) The Avalanches: “Frontier Psychiatrist”
This song by an Australian electronic music group is one that works a lot better if you watch the video. It’s a great example of remixing media to produce campy absurdity.
3) Southern Culture on the Skids: “Daddy Was a Preacher But Mama Was a Go-Go Girl”
Originally performed by Joanna Neel in the 1970s, this is a gleeful tribute to a woman whose interests are a little more focused on the material world than her Bible-readin’ husband. When picking SCOTS songs, it was a toss-up between this one and “Camel Walk,” which is a playful little ditty about a guy whose sexual fetish is snack foods.
4) The Dixie Cups: “Iko Iko”
What’s to be said about this song? It’s a piece of genius showing what you can do with a bass line, drumsticks, and three women with great voices.
5) Dick Dale: “Night Rider”
Listen to the king of the surf guitar.
6) Brooklyn Funk Essentials: “Kik It”
7) The Cramps: “Tear It Up” (Live, from Urgh! A Music War)
This last one is not safe for work. It’s probably not safe for home. It might not even be safe to watch alone with no one else in the house. In the name of all that is good and decent, you shouldn’t watch it. Do it anyway, especially if watching Lux Interior deep throat a microphone sounds like a good way to spend four minutes.