04 December 2010

Google Rules them All

This post is not academic of any sorts.  Just me showing how blown away I am by the Google Lords.

You ever have a song stuck in your head but you can't remember who sings it, what key it's in, any words to it - just random noises or parts to the song?  This happens to me all the time, my brain works in mysterious ways. It's normally along the lines of 'that song with the triangle' or 'the song that sounds like that other song that sounds like a race car anthem'.  Believe it or not, other people think this way too!  Most of the time when I use those bits and bobs in a simple Google search, I find what I'm looking for!

It's happened again and I was blown away by the results.  It started when I began listening to Temper Trap.  They played at Glastonbury this year, but I didn't see them.  I did however hear them at the end of every set.  "Sweet Disposition" seemed to be the song playing at every stage when a band wasn't actually playing.  Although Glasto was over the summer, I didn't get the Temper Trap album until about 2 months ago.  I love it, I think they're a great, fun band to listen to. But something about their sound reminded me of a band from my past.

I couldn't put my finger on what this falsetto voice made me think of for the longest time.  After a month of this torment, I began to visualise the music video of the band that I was thinking of, but I couldn't get much out of that.  Today I finally decided to type in what I did know into Google and see what I could get. I knew it was a band from 1998 (I remember times in my life by music, I have a soundtrack, I know it's weird..), I knew it was set in a mall of sorts, and there was an escalator.  So I typed into Google: "music video 1998 escalator shopping mall" and this was the first result:

I wasn't alone! Someone else was trying to remember the song too! So I'm then taken to see EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!
Yes Temper Trap's Fader in some ridiculous way reminds me of an updated version of New Radicals' You Get What You Give, which apparently also used to be the Glasto stage song.  So maybe I'm not the only one that made that connection.
I'm just glad that those few search words put me out of my musical misery! 

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