Awesome White Guy Macklemore had a ridiculous run on the radio a few years ago, and we all got tired of him. Quickly.
But now that run is two or three full years behind us, and it's time to remember that, when we first heard them, the dude's hit songs are really, really fun. Hearing "Can't Hold Us" probably would've induced something close to physical sickness just two years ago, but times change quickly. Here's the first time "Can't Hold Us" made it to the radio, a live performance done in his hometown, at Seattle radio station KEXP's studio. It's OK now to enjoy Macklemore again, because we've forgotten about him a little bit recently. He's allegedly coming out with a new album (to follow 2012's "The Heist") later this year.
What's so great about this is not only the nostalgia it induces, but also the legitimate quality of the performance. There's a lot more going on here than we think by just hearing it - the live violins and trumpet, the awesome backup singer actually singing the chorus, Macklemore's poor, poor dancing and Ryan Lewis's even more awkward presence - it's not actually totally clear what he's up to the whole time, but he's wearing headphones, so he must be important. Right?
This is the nature of pop music, I guess. A song blows up, is played relentlessly for a few weeks, and then disappears for years. But that's what makes it fun - because it allows us to go back and recall what the radio sounded like. When we hear a song like this for the first time in a while, we are reminded what it was that led it to explode in the first place. It's catchy as can be.