I was watching Subterranean the other night and was struck by two videos.
First up, “Love No” by The Teenagers. It’s essentially a re-working of “Popular” by Nada Surf, whether anyone involved realizes it or not. Both songs feature low-key, dialogue-based ‘verses’ and amped up choruses. Both are diatribes on the relationships of young adults. Even the videos are similar, featuring ridiculous semi-erotic imagery like locker room showers and lollipops being sucked on.
For all of you youngins who were either not aware – or, for some of you, not alive – when Nada Surf hit the scene, here is a side-by-side comparison. Both are enjoyable and ridiculous.
Also on the radar is “The Age of the Understatement” by The Last Shadow Puppets (members of Arctic Monkeys & The Rascals). The vocalization is very British Invasion and the imagery is a mix of the Cold War & classic spy movies. Very catchy.