TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015 |
Posted by: Don Saas
Have you ever heard our theory that Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" is the Gen X equivalent of "Piano Man." Not in the sense that if you get a bunch of drunk former 90s teenagers in the same room that they'll all start bellowing along the way Boomers do for "Piano Man," but it's that same sort of communal ballad narrative...but with synths and light-house elements instead of a beer-soaked piano line. We've always thought it was an under-discussed gem of the 90s and apparently Britney Spears and Giorgio Moroder agree since they just released a sparkling and dance-fueled lyric video for the 90s alt-pop classic.
Nobody questions Giorgio Moroder's greatness and rightly so. He's a gem of 80s fused synth lines and his score for Fritz Lang's Metropolis has become the definitive way to watch the original silent science fiction epic. But Britney Spears is also great. It took me years to come to terms with this, but, hey, Britney has had a ton of hits over the years. She's released plenty of s*** as well, but she dropped some perfectly crafted pop songs these last nearly 20 years. Like..."Toxic" is just a top-tier pop song of the aughts...period. And although I still prefer Suzanne Vega's original, Britney adds her own Britney touch to a cover that I absolutely think should get your post-Columbus Day week in order.