My Top 1000 Songs #662: Wow And Flutter

[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.] 

It's funny--I've got at least a dozen Stereolab albums, but I probably couldn't name more than 3 or 4 of their songs. As with a lot of electronica-based music, I tend to put their music on in the background and enjoy the vibes, but don't necessarily actively listen and zero in on particular tracks. One of the few exceptions to that rule is "Wow And Flutter," off 1994's Mars Audiac Quintet. The blend of European pop & Krautrock offers a simmering groove but still a more traditional pop song structure, and the haunting vocals really caught my attention on first listen, making it one of those tracks that reminds me of exactly where & when I first heard the song. It's the essential Stereolab tune you can throw onto a more rock-oriented mixtape without upsetting the flow.

Live 1994 (at about 20:50 into the performance):