Musings on pop perfection by KCRW DJ Mario Cotto:

A couple of nights ago, my buddy Steven was tweeting about the indelible pop perfection of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” calling it the “perfect pop song.”

I readily admit it is one of the all time jams of all time, fersherr. But as I read it, I just happened to be listening to Ministry. Deep in the throes of their 1984 Wax Trax single “Everyday is Halloween” I became absolutely convinced that “…Halloween” is just as perfect.

Both tracks are obviously informed by early 80’s lockstep drum programming and synth stabs/washes and have similar progressions. But whereas New Order was investigating the space where New Romantic themes met Club/Freestyle music, Ministry was taking Goth themes to the same place. Consequently, they’re both perfect for the dancefloor.

YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview Image

However, where New Order was sharing the agony and sublimity of desire, mining age old dance music territory, from Earth Angel to I Feel Love, Ministry was getting ugly.

By bringing Goth/Industrial themes already made popular by Throbbing Gristle, Christian Death, and Bauhaus into 4/4 time, they essentially made dance music for people who didn’t want or need love (and in the process laid the groundwork for Nine Inch Nail’s audaciously perfect Closer.)

This was dance music for people in love with being outside of love. It’s a (potentially insincere) plaintive cry for acceptance while being insulted and insulting. A series of “denials and reprisals” that is perfectly designed to appeal to everyone’s inner Goth because it’s so insanely catchy. How could anyone ever EVER deny the “oom-paa-oom-paa-paa-paa”?

Maybe it comes with age, although I don’t think it makes me any less romantic, but the mystery and danger of attraction and repulsion is more compelling and ultimately more sexy than mopey longing and reverential longing. Sad sacks go home alone, creatures go home and “bump in the night.” Namean?

- Mario Cotto

Related Posts with Thumbnails
  • Pingback: Tweets that mention The Perfect Pop Song | KCRW Music Blog -- Topsy.com

  • Pingback: Cold Showers: Artist You Should Know | KCRW Music Blog

  • Pingback: Cold Showers: Local Band We Love | KCRW Music Blog

  • http://targetedtwitterfollowers.tumblr.com/ Georgia Benimadho

    Hi! I simply wish to offer you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have got here on this post. I am coming back to your website for more soon.

  • http://stereogum.com/author/martha123456/ Victoria Maranda

    This is the perfect webpage for anyone who wants to understand this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been discussed for ages. Excellent stuff, just great!

  • http://www.movabletype.org/cgi-bin/mt/mtcp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=24&id=550604 Viola Herndon

    You have got remarked very interesting facts! ps decent internet site. Become addicted to constant along with never-ending do it yourself improvement. by Anthony D’Angelo.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/le-castagne-26000-dinner-jt-foxx_n_2198720.html Karisa Sox

    I truly love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you create this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m looking to create my own personal site and would like to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Thank you!

  • http://logo-quiz-answers.info/ Continued

    Hey dude. what type of wordpress theme are you currently employing? i want it to use on my blog also ,

  • http://liesmanncountry.blogbaker.com/ http://liesmanncountry.blogbaker.com/

    You lost me, buddy. I mean, I suppose I get what youre saying. I have an understanding of what you are saying, but you just appear to have forgotten about that there are some other individuals inside the world who view this issue for what it actually is and may possibly not agree with you. You might be turning away many of individuals who may have been supporters of your web site.

  • http://ivanho.dk/pathfinder/DidYouHaveALookAtJustWhatWereThePrimeDatingWebsitesOf2012 Damon Daleo

    Just bookmarked your weblog. Always keen on reading about this particular topic. Kind regards.

  • http://phones767.roomfa.com/post43.php white chanel iphone 5 case

    I have to show various appreciation to this journalist just for rescuing me from this form of challenge. Because of exploring throughout the world wide web as well as getting basics that were not productive, I was thinking my life was done. Being alive without the techniques to the difficulties you’ve sorted out all through your main short post is a serious case, as well as ones that might have negatively affected my entire career if I hadn’t seen your web site. Your own competence as well as kindness in playing with all the things was important. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such type of a point resembling this. I’m capable to now look ahead to my future. Thanks for your time so much for your professional as well as sensible help. I will not be reluctant to suggest your web weblog to every individual who wants as well as needs support concerning this topic.