My Top 1000 Songs #425: If We Can Land A Man On The Moon...

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

This is my second pick from Elephant 6-adjacent indie pop outfit Beulah, once again from 1999's lovely, often fascinating baroque pop exploration When Your Heartstrings Break. The full title is a mouthful--"If We Can Land A Man On The Moon, Surely I Can Win Your Heart"--but it certainly does an accurate job of capturing the guileless joy of the song. It's giddy and gleeful and finds room for both a trumpet intro and a delightfully Beatlesque harpsichord solo, so what's not to love? Ok, amidst rock & roll's illustrious history, not sure I can make an indisputable claim that this is one of the 500 greatest songs ever, but it sure makes me feel good. Sometimes we could all use something like that.

Live circa 2006 or so: