Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Earworm: Don't Turn Around

Ugh. Terrible synth-pop reggae. "Don't Turn Around" was the sixth single off of the Ace of Base 1993 album The Sign. That album is like a time capsule, representing all of the crappy music that polluted the airwaves in the early 1990s. Yes, I know that it is a cover of the far-superior original by Aswad, but the Ace of Base version actually tarnishes the song past the point of redemption.

Nothing is ever going to be new again. When Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" was released, I couldn't put my finger on why it seemed so familiar. It's "Don't Turn Around" mixed with Madonna's "La Isla Bonita," and is actually the first one of Gaga's singles that I turn off when I hear it. Thanks for the memories.

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