First off, I want to link back to the original post in this series just in case people forgot about it. I was really really bad about following through with this idea, which is irony because I’ve spent a good majority of this summer listening to the music I was originally planning to write about. But that’s enough intro let’s jump into Eiffel 65’s Europop.
Over Spring Break earlier this year, I was in an antiques shop and I saw this crummy looking jewel case sitting on a shelf with a few other CDs, which didn’t interest me. But, when I picked this one up and saw the title of the first song (“Blue (Da Ba Dee)”), and made a mental note to pick it the next time I was in this shop. A couple months later during summer vacation me and friend ended up in the same antiques shop; I bought the CD and we proceeded to listen to it on the way back to his house.
Right here I should give some context about the group Eiffel 65 and maybe explain why I waited to pick up this questionable looking CD from an antiques store with a slightly too surly owner. But nope, that’s not going to happen. I am just going to try and recapture the joy of listening to his CD for the first time.
I was 7 or 8, when this CD came out, but I remember the song “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” as well as any other song from that period of time (it was competing against the Pokemon rap for a personal Best New Music). And my friend had similar memories, so that song was expectedly enjoyable even though both of us were surprised to hear the verses on the song were not just unintelligible nonsense words.
The next song “Heaven” is beyond my vocabulary to describe, but to try my best I’d have to say it’s some political, anti-capitalist Europop song with some awful auto-tune. So, obviously to some college kids it was hilarious. Not to make any political statements (ha), but I’m usually pretty wary of politics and music coming together in such overt ways and THIS EIFFEL 65 SONG has not changed that thought.
Next Up: “DUB IN LIFE”. I THOUGHT MY HEART WAS GOING TO EXPLODE BECAUSE I WAS FIST PUMPING LIKE WAS IT THE JERSEY SHORE DESPITE ACTUALLY JUST BEING OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTE (THE REAL CLUB)
I guess it would be a good thing to say that these songs don’t really feature singing, as much as it is some Europeans talking through vocal effects about nonsensical things. “Living in a Bubble” is probably about “Living in a Bubble”, but the strings are the only thing me and my friend cared about, because as he pointed out it is totally “Proto-‘Call Me Maybe’”.
We skipped past “Move Your Body” after a minute or so, because it is the same as “Dub in Life”, but that doesn’t mean you should skip in as you listen along with this post, which I hope everyone is doing!
“My Console”, I thought would be about technology but it was actually just some Jock Jams sounding shit about Playstation games. Do not get it confused though. Love at First Sight still happened when the chorus began: “TEKKEN 3 METAL GEAR SOLID RESIDENT EVIL GRAND TURISOMO OMEGA BOOST BLOODY ROAR”
A few of the next songs got skipped over, because we were getting closer to my friend’s house and we had to prioritize what we were going to spend our time listening to. This meant quality of their song title was the ultimate deciding factor. Thus “Silicon World” was chosen and surprisingly or maybe not all that surprising, the song turned out to be some kind of love song about a silicon girl and the world of silicon. Kraftwerk what have your wrought.
We are about three minutes from his house at this point, so we skip “Hyperlink [Deep Down]”—a tragedy that I wish we could take back—and went straight to “Europop”. At this point “Dubstep” has crossed over into word that no longer means anything that it used to, not unlike “Techno” and “House” or even “Europop”, as I use it as a catch all for overly synthy pop music. But, even the originators of “Dubstep” have to laugh, as for me and my friend both first thought of “Dubstep” with “Europop“‘s wobbly bass sounds. It’s not actually Dubstep, but that’s no fun so I’ll call it the “First Original Dubstep” song.
As we turn into his neighborhood, Europop blessed us with an amazing final track: “Blue (Da Ba Dee) [Extended Mix]”.
PRAISE RAINBOW TECHNO JESUS