I like Bobby Darin. A lot. Lord help me if I’m ever in a bar with a jukebox, because you’re going to be listening to him all night. Thankfully for the town I’m in, there seems to be some law against jukes. In the old country, there were jukes. Almost every bar had a jukebox, but no bar had that stupid countertop crackbox thing that every bar 'round here seems to have. But enough about that.
Aside from Mr. Darin’s most popular song, “Mack The Knife,” with an upbeat tune about something slightly less than upbeat, “Artificial Flowers” is a quite fucked up song that people swing to. My lords, this song is about a girl whose parents died when she quite young, so she spent her entire life working tirelessly just to get by, and her entire life’s efforts, making artificial flowers, did nothing other than make enough money for her to get by… for rich people who gave not two shits about her. And then the girl died. “Fashioned from Annie’s despair.” What the hell? This is not an uplifting song. Why are people dancing to this?
I actually happen to be a fan of “Whoa, that’s actually really screwed up once you stop grooving to the rhythm” songs, so let us discuss. Let us talk about songs that make you move and groove before you say, “Man, this song is really fucked up.”