Posts Tagged ‘Postmodern Jukebox’

Saturday Single No. 411

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

I generally keep up with pop culture moderately well. With a few current events magazines coming in the house and the wealth (overkill) of pop culture news in the Internet, I’m usually aware of – if not actually deeply absorbed in – the fads and phenomena of the moment.

But one of late summer’s big deals passed me by without waving at me. Maybe it’s because I got involved in reading several books this summer and I fell far behind in reading both Rolling Stone and Time, but I don’t think that’s the case. For whatever (unimportant) reason, I completely missed until the past few days “All About That Bass” by Meaghan Trainor, a record that went this week to No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 and has been No. 1 on charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Denmark as well.

It’s a witty song about positive body image: “You know how the bass guitar in a song is like its ‘thickness,’ the ‘bottom’? I kind of related a body to that,” Trainor told Billboard this week. The song – written by Trainor with producer Kevin Kadish – is pretty well-crafted, with clear girl-group and Brill building references. And the video is witty (and a slight bit naughty).

But I would have missed it if not for one of my new favorite things on YouTube. Every week, I make sure to check out what Scott Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox have posted. For a few years, Bradlee has been taking current pop songs and remaking them in vintage style. Along the way, he’s added to his keyboard word the work of other musicians, some of them regulars and some of them guests. Albums and tours have followed. (His YouTube page is here.)

And this week, I was introduced to Trainor’s song by Bradlee and the vocal and upright bass work of Kate Davis, which is why Postmodern Jukebox’s version of “All About That Bass” is today’s Saturday Single.