"Long Weekend" - Trombone Shorty
In the summer of 1961, Chubby Checker released the song, "Let's Twist Again," a follow-up to his hit, "The Twist," recorded the previous year. The franchise sequel referenced the dance craze that swept the nation and unapologetically asked to repeat its success with the nostalgic song lyrics:
Let's twist again like we did last summer,
Yeah, let's twist again like we did last year.
Do you remember when things were really hummin'?
Yeah, let's twist again, twisting time is here.
"Let's Twist Again" became another hit song of the summer because it capitalized on a repackaged product.
This industry formula remains in place today as we celebrate the unofficial end of this year's songs of the summer: "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke. Both were produced with an unabashed musical tip-of-the-hat (or helmet) to the past, but it seems that the current trend also wants to falsely declare a new state of the art. In reality, the trend is simply a repackaging with all the #ModernLuxuries. And while much of the hype surrounding the new Trombone Shorty album is focused on the collaboration with producer, Raphael Saadiq, the end-of-summer anthem, "Long Weekend," sure does sound a lot like Kool & The Gang's "Get Down On It."
Perhaps it is merely a sign of the times, the Postmodern Neoclassicism fallout of the turn-of-the-century and the events that would follow within those few years, but we find ourselves moving past the entrance of a long, dark, and twisting tunnel. The ray of hope on the horizon has disappeared and the only source of light is a backdrop on our footprints, the twilight of "Good Times." The trail of crumbs that is nostalgia will always be an easy way out, but in order to see the light at the other end of the tunnel, we "Got To Give It Up," turn around the corner and go into the darkness, all along the way asking the question, "Haven't we been here before?" or else:
Round and round and up and down we go again.
In the summer of 1961, Chubby Checker released the song, "Let's Twist Again," a follow-up to his hit, "The Twist," recorded the previous year.
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