Thursday, September 9, 2010

ooo6 - "Crazy Theremin Jam"

For a single that Peter chose as the #1 song of the decade, "Crazy Theremin Jam" doesn't seem particularly significant or profound. Which is fine by me, but I thought only I was allowed to like songs for that reason, not Peter. Nevertheless, as someone once said about Shakespeare, it's really very good in spite of the people who like it.

First of all, the band name is great. Randy George, KD, OG, and Elliot, the four members of ooo6, were also kicking around "ooo5" and "ooo4," either of which could have worked just as well. Randy George has described their music as "an experiment to see how rapidly the theremin can be injected into the world's collective consciousness." Count me in.

As I think is the case with many of my other favorite songs of the 00s, ooo6 didn't appear to be taking their enterprise very seriously, but that sort of attitude is precisely what allowed them to surpass their own expectations. On the surface, "Crazy Theremin Jam" is quite silly and nonsensical. But the pull of the melody and Randy George's soulful theremin delivery manage to make this little bit of goofing off resonate on a deeper level. Or am I crazy?

1 comment:

Peter Matthew Reed said...

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa. It is soulful theramin playing, which I understand is tough to achieve. But this is far from my #1 song of the decade.