Thursday, September 24, 2009

BIBJ Playlist of the 2000s entry #80: Elevator Love Letter by Stars

Full Details of the BIBJ Millennial Playlist Hullabaloo are available here. Today's entry is #80: Elevator Love Letter by Stars (2003)

I really can't believe that the decade has passed without this song being used in a shitty teen romantic comedy or MTV faux-reality show. It's got all the components for any awful screenwriter, in that the song can trigger an emotional response that would be otherwise vacant based on a brutally lazy script. Propulsive mellow beats, and a smooth back and forth between the rich girl who doesn't know how to love, and the man who is do eloquently hard for said rich girl. It's got all the makings to create that tension in an early 2000's film, where Jennifer Love Hewitt/Julia Stiles/Katie Holmes could look into the vacant eyes of Freddie Prinze/Freddie Prinze/Freddie Prinze and know that what may have started as a stupid bet, could become so much more at the big after-prom party.

In other words, congrats to Stars for surviving in an area where so many other bands have met their focus group-approved demise.

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