Songs like Melanie Safka's Brand New Key?
July 29, 2011 10:04 AM   Subscribe

"I'm really enjoying Melanie Safka's Brand New Key right now for a particular mood I'm in. What other songs convey that angsty 'I really want to keep having hot sex with you, but you could care less' while being relatively upbeat?" asking for a friend. I never thought I'd say that, and I always thought it was baloney.

She's female, straight, mid twenties. We were hanging out the other day and this song came on the pandora and she was like, "That's it, that's exactly where I feel like this is headed!" I don't listen to the radio, so I can't offer any choices for her. We tried making a new Pandora station based around Brand New Key, the first two songs were Whomp Bhamp Song and Iko Iko.

She wants you all to know she's not a slut, and she's not worried about hanging on to this guy. She's just...feeling giddy, and wants some songs to bop along with. Also, I just got out of a relationship, so listening to some infatuation songs might be fun for me too.
posted by bilabial to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
This might be a TEENSIER bit further into angst than you're looking for, but The Police have a cut off their second album called "Does Everyone Stare" that's basically all about "you're so awesome and fantastic and cool that it's knocking me for a loop and making me feel all clumsy and weird." (It's got one of the single best lyrics in it I've ever heard: "I never noticed the size of my feet 'till I kicked you in the shins.") But it's still early Police, so it's fast-paced.

Actually, "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" may also fit -- the lyrics for the middle bridge are all about how the guy keeps wanting to call his girlfriend and propose but every time he thinks he's going to do it, he chickens out because she's so awesome and so he never does.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:15 AM on July 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators - "No One's Gonna Love You"

Alice Clark - "I Keep It Hid"

Also, this is what Fiona Apple's "When the Pawn..." and "Extraordinary Machine" albums were MADE FOR.
posted by hermitosis at 10:17 AM on July 29, 2011

No need to feel bad, I shamelessly have a whole playlist of this stuff! Here goes:

Brand New Key - Rasputina (you *must* hear this version)
Teeth - Lady GaGa
Sleep Together - Garbage
Hey Pretty - Poe and Mark Danielewski
Every You, Every Me - Placebo
Hardly Wait - P.J. Harvey
Leather - Tori Amos
Shelter - XX
Pauline - Eleni Mandell
I'm Your Girl - Eleni Mandell
She's Lost Control - Joy Division
Oooh La La - Goldfrapp
Train - Goldfrapp
Love of Luxury - What kind of breeze do you blow?

(I could go on, but that's a nice start)
posted by iamkimiam at 10:18 AM on July 29, 2011

Fiona Apple examples: "Paper Bag," "Not About Love."
posted by hermitosis at 10:19 AM on July 29, 2011

Hot Chip is good.

(Sorry in advance for any ads YouTube makes you listen to)
posted by this one is danny at 10:44 AM on July 29, 2011

Sorry, more:

Hotel Song - Regina Spektor
On the Radio - Regina Spektor
Oh No - Kaiser Cartel
Okay - Kaiser Cartel
Bombshell - Mary's Danish
On Parade - Electrelane
Step Outside - the Finches
Embrace - Pnau
Wednesday - Tori Amos
Boxer - Lovers
posted by iamkimiam at 10:46 AM on July 29, 2011

‪When you're near me I have difficulty - XTC.
posted by scruss at 10:50 AM on July 29, 2011

That is one of my favorite songs and I never got the "'I really want to keep having hot sex with you, but you could care less'" vibe from it before. Wow. How naive am I to think she was actually talking about roller skates?

Is this what it looks like when I climb out from under a rock?

Otherwise, nthing Fiona Apple.
And, maybe not "upbeat" but definitely rocking: "Sheela Na Gig" by PJ Harvey. Or just go for the Dry and Rid of Me albums by PJ Harvey as they are both full of female sexual tension.
One Time Too Many by PJ Harvey is one of my favorites, too.
posted by jillithd at 11:16 AM on July 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

Bangles - I Want Candy
Foreigner - Hot-Blooded
Go-Go's - Vacation
Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight
Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing
Lynard Skynard - What's Your Name
Olivia Newton-John - Let's Get Physical
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
Rolling Stones - Rocks Off
Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
Simon and Garfunkel - Cecilia
Steve Miller Band - Jungle Love
Steve Miller Band - Keep on Rockin' Me, Baby
Survivor - I Can't Hold Back
Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
Toni Basil - Hey, Mickey
Who - Squeeze Box
posted by foursentences at 11:59 AM on July 29, 2011

If you're going to throw Brand New Key on a mixtape, I'd recommend using the Dollyrots version

Also, The Donnas cover a lot of "I'd like to fuck you so quit being a dumbass about it (and take your damn clothes off already)" kind of territory.
posted by stefanie at 12:35 PM on July 29, 2011

I don't know if this song will have the same effect, but nevertheless here's my very weird Melanie anecdote....I was working at the time at a small company and had my own office. I had a wide variety of MP3s of different songs I liked on a series of CDs that Mr. Adams had burned for me that I played on my computer while I worked. My boss (a very distant man who rarely chatted about things other than business) happened to be in my office briefly one afternoon when Melanie's "Brand New Key" was playing. "Who is that?" he asked. I told him and he commented "She has a really sexy voice." He left and I was rather nonplussed as that was the most "personal" conversation we'd ever had. About a month later Melanie's "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" happened to be playing when he came in to put something in my in basket. He paused for a moment and then said "This is that same lady, that roller skate song, right?" "Yes, it's Melanie," I replied. "She really has a sexy voice," he commented as he left. So, for what it's worth, if your friend likes "Brand New Key" maybe she'll also enjoy "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)".
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:49 PM on July 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

"love is like an itchin' in my heart, and baby, I can't scratch it"
posted by jfwlucy at 2:14 PM on July 29, 2011

Seeing the other answers made me realize that I slightly misunderstood your question. Anyways, most of the songs I listed up there still fit one way or another, but here are a few more, more along the lines of 'let's keep doing it even though you're not into me', upbeat-ish and a tinge angsty:

Midnight Blues - the Detroit Cobras

This Time - Q Burns Abstract Message

Always Loved a Film - Underworld (male vocals, different music genre...oh, but the lyrics "The rhythm of legs moving in the sun / The rhythm of an engine deep and throating / The rhythm of a summer that you walked in ... And I don't know if I love you more / Than the way you used to love me / And I don't know if I need you more / Than the way you used to need me / But it's / Heaven...heaven...heaven...")

Jingle of a Dog's Collar - Butthole Surfers (again, male vocals, but the video explains it, I think. That dog *really* wants the toy.)

Wet Dog - Mad Caddies - also dog-themed (wtf?), and real heavy on the 'metaphor of wanting you like a dog who just wants to come inside again'. It's a sort of juvenile and twisted track, but also kinda stupid fun.

Fat Man & Dancing Girl - Suzanne Vega - a la 'Brand New Key', this song is not really about a circus act.
posted by iamkimiam at 3:45 PM on July 29, 2011

And now that I'm home from work, I can give you links for my suggestions:

Does Everyone Stare
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:35 PM on July 29, 2011

What other songs convey that angsty 'I really want to keep having hot sex with you, but you could care less' while being relatively upbeat?"

keep having? i always thought from the lyrics that they hadn't yet, not together at least, because she was ahead of him in discovering this new thing.
posted by ecourbanist at 7:34 PM on July 29, 2011

I was fifteen when Brand New Key came out. I always liked that song, but it never occurred to me that it had any sexual connotation. Learn something new every day.

Bill Withers - Use Me Up
posted by marsha56 at 3:59 PM on July 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

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