Post-Midnight Youtube filler: Todd Rundgren – I Saw The Light (#36, June 1973)
dewcc7 (1 month ago) +2 Reply
damn where did the time go.why dont they write songs like that anymore.damn.We spoke on ILB before about the declining quality of movie soundtracks, with specific regard to “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” And word on the street is that, even for those of you with a stomach for meandering tween indie yuppie bullshit, it’s a truly bad movie, ruined not by either the rote soundtrack or Michael Cera doing that think where he raises his pupils too high to be focusing on the actor he’s meant to be talking to, but rather by the fact that it’s called “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, and is scripted like a movie called “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.”
Anyway, soundtracks. The best soundtrackers of the past four years haven’t been working on a TV series (Mad Men would have come close if it hadn’t put the fucking Decemberists track on, although they nearly clawed it back with Don Draper cruising in a 747 to “Telstar”) or movie, but rather Consolevania, a web-based comedy show about video games.
Yes, yes, I know. It’s not what you think. For starters, they’re Scottish so you’re free of the usual cloying xkcd/CTRL-ALT-DELETE mimpering bullshit that usually inflicts video games humour. And I’m not here to shout out their show, so just enjoy these clips.
No, the Consolevania soundtrack. Edwyn Collins – Should Have Done That. Outkast ft Killer Mike – Flip Flop Rock. Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart. A shit tonne of Prince and Terence Trent D’Arby. The theme from “The Littlest Hobo”. Mel and Kim’s “Respectable”. Do I need to go on?
I mean, we could write about “I Saw The Light” on its own, but what else can you say about it? Nobody wrote hooks like Todd Rundgren at his peak, and despite the annoying-ass cult of fans he developed (his Youtube comments page are strewn with boomers complaining about how “Hannah Montana could never write as soon as great as this, she only cares about guns and hos and bitches”), there’s something to be said for his pre-Yacht Rock, pre-pre-Mondeo Pop drive time sounds. Not as glam as YR, not as bitter as MP, but important to both nonetheless.
And, heck, as a special bonus treat, have a version of the second best song called “I Saw The Light”: