My Top 1000 Songs #569: Lollipop (Ode To Jim)

[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.]

With just a few choice exceptions, I've studiously avoided including songs from the past 5-10 years on the list. I do think music needs some time to germinate. A few years from now, will I still love this song  as much as I do today? Or is it just something that wowed me upon release but doesn't necessarily have Dark Side Of The Moon staying power?

But I really, really like Alvvays' "Lollipop (Ode To Jim)," from their 2017 sophomore LP Antisocialites. (Damn, only upon writing this do I see the song is already nearly 7 years old; still feels like a new one!) It's buoyant, fizzy noise pop, a playful tribute to the Jesus and Mary Chain co-frontman ("Saw Jim Reid in the corridor, and I wondered if he could ever see me that way"), updating the Reid brothers' buzzsaw wash over perky bubblegum. It's absurdly catchy, particularly in that ethereal dual-vocal chorus with it's pop-pop-pops. "You're a lollipop, in the form of a lightning bolt... but I'm a gumdrop."

Sugar sugar, revised.

Live 2017:
...and 2019: