Sunday Serenade: Alphaville, A Hat in Time, X-Men Arcade, and more!

Time for another Sunday morning dose of random songs that I’ve been listening to this past week! Welcome to Sunday Serenade — now let’s crank the jams up with…

“Main Theme” from A Hat in Time — I vaguely recall that Syl recommended this album. In any case, its main theme is a jolly journey in the spirit of a fun comedy. Lifts the mood, it does.

“Junk Factory” from X-Men Arcade — This is overblown in that ’90s way, where repeatedly sampling someone spitting out the name “X-Men” warranted a whole track to itself. And yet… it’s frisky and fast-paced and dorky enough to be fun.

“Don’t Take the Money” by Bleachers — Just discovered this single, and man oh man am I impressed. It’s all about that ’80s-style gated reverb, and I’m so in love with the percussion that drives this forward. Listened to it about six times in a row.

“Main Theme” from Doom ZX Spectrum — I think we’ve all heard the Doom theme to death… but this ZX Spectrum version is wildly different and wildly catchy. It’s trying to do the best with that computer’s soundcard, and I appreciate the creativity on display here.

“Main Theme” from Cybernoid –– Another ZX title, and this one also boasting a neat earworm. It’s not fancy, but it’ll do, pig.

“Big in Japan/Forever Young (Live)” by Alphaville — If anyone tells you that Alphaville is dorky, then you need to stop being their friend. I’ve been on a concert-listening streak lately and loved this duo performance.

“Song 2 (Live)” by Blur — The lead-up to the actual tune is tremendous here, with the crowd shouting “WOOHOO!” on cue… and then the moment it explodes is amazing. It’s short but definitely my favorite version of this song.

One thought on “Sunday Serenade: Alphaville, A Hat in Time, X-Men Arcade, and more!

  1. Song 2 has to be one of the greatest crowd-pleasers of all time and that crowd sure is pleased.

    The X-Men song is pretty good, too. I think I’ll keep my thought on Alphaville to myself.

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