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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sparks, "Perfume" (2006)

List songs must be quite easy to write, which doesn't make them any less brilliant. The brilliance, indeed, comes from the ease and effortlessness. Once you have a good concept (hmm, different girls wear different scents), you just need to find as many examples to enumerate as possible, making sure that they line up properly to produce good rhymes ("Guinevieve wears Dior/Margaret wears Tresor"). Be careful with those tricky French names, and introduce some variation -- sing one line an octave higher, for example. You should have a punchline, preferably in the chorus (say: the song about perfume is finally about someone who doesn't need, or want it), and maybe a middle eighth (a spoken bit that basically tells Proust to fuck off will do just fine).

"But you don't wear no perfume/That's why I want to spend my life with you."

I was just saying the other day, there aren't enough love songs for people with environmental sensitivities.


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