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Sound and Vision: Is Gotye This Year's Foster the People?

Here today, gone today, one-hit wonders make the world of pop go round”but never for long.

The late ˜70s gave us a plethora of short-term disco stars who lived”and quickly died”by the groove, while the Tacos, the Kajagoogoos and the After the Fires of the early ˜80s, arrived wielding synthesizers and tressed for fifteen minutes and less of success. More recently, in 2005 and 2006, sensitive singer-songwriter guys Daniel Powter (Bad Day) and James Blunt (You’re Beautiful) helped usher out the pre-Rihanna/Katy Perry/Lady Gaga phase of pop.

In 2009, as a higher number of headlining newcomers than usual ascended to the summit (Lady Gaga, Jay Sean and Jason DeRülo, among them), at least one, Owl City”the act behind Fireflies”was bound to never fly anywhere near those heights again. And last year, with dance music dominating the airwaves more dramatically than it had since the aforementioned disco age, we got indie-pop with a beat for exactly one massive hit single, courtesy of Foster the People, who went all the way to No. 3 with Pumped Up Kicks.

Which of 2012’s first-timers so far are most likely to not still be succeeding by their next single? fun., the rock trio that recently spent six weeks at No. 1 with “We Are Young”? Or Gotye, who rode a quirky song and an even more oddball video all the way to the top?

At a quick glance, Gotye seems to have all of the trappings of a one-hit wonder. Interesting name that one might need a pronunciation key to get right? Check. Song that sounds unlike anything else on the radio? Check. A colorful video that jumps off the screen for reasons that have as much to do with the high concept as the song itself? Check.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Madonna gets backup for Super Bowl halftime show

Elton John has already advised Madonna to lip-synch good at the Super Bowl halftime show this weekend, so clearly some people have low expectations for her performance. Madonna’s no fool, though. She’s recruited M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj to join her on her new single, Gimme All Your Luvin’. The technicolor onslaught of these two ladies is sure to draw attention away from whatever her mouth is doing. Well played, Madge.

OK Go teach us about primary colors

Ever wondered what primary colors were? If your answer is yes, then our education system has really failed you. But fear not, because OK Go are here with another stop-motion masterpiece. Watch them rock the color wheel for Sesame Street below.

The Bad

Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, dies

Very sad news for lovers of disco, bell bottoms and line dancing. Don Cornelius, creator and host of the dance show Soul Train passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head this week at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was seventy-five. With Soul Train, Cornelius helped introduce black culture to millions of Americans during the ˜70s and ˜80s. Thankfully, we still have videos like the one below to remind us of Cornelius’s legacy. R.I.P.

Leslie Carter, sister to Aaron and Nick Carter, dies


Leslie Carter, the sister of Nick Carter and Aaron Carter, passed away this week in upstate New York. Carter was a singer in her own right, contributing her song Like Wow! to the Shrek soundtrack in 2001. She was twenty-five. No details have been released about the cause of death. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Taiwan pokes fun at Lana Del Rey

Poor LDR. Everyone’s taking a pot shot at her. First Juliette Lewis, now Taiwan. Next Media Animation just released this animated chronicle of the singer’s trials and tribulations. Keep your chin up, Lana. You may be a strange bird, but we still love you.

Newt Gingrich sued by Survivor

When Newt Gingrich used Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger to pump up audiences at his rallies, he pumped up the band ¦ with rage. This week Survivor announced plans to sue Gingrich for using their music without permission, and ruining the movie Rocky for everyone.

Miscellany

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012