Okay, I know it’ll come as no big surprise to any of my readers that I occasionally become enamored of some song or other I heard on TV and decided that I just had to search out a copy to post on this blog. But the last time a song search led to anything like the world of crazy I found last night was after hearing “Sail” by AWOLNATION playing in an episode of A&E’s Longmire. That, of course, resulted in my SAIL! post.
Well, this time my search resulted not from hearing a song in one TV series episode, but from gearing it in several TV series episodes – and in commercials for just about everything, including video games! Of course, all I had to work with was the one line from the lyrics I could actually catch, which I’ve decided to use a the title to this post. But that was all I needed to find the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.
As it turns out, the song is such a big hit that the list of YouTube videos made from it seemed to go on and on forever. But my favorite version by far, was the little mini-movie put together by the band themselves, featuring, believe it or not, one of the stars of Longmire – Lou Diamond Phillips:
Hell, this song is so popular that even Lindsey Stirling, the awesome violinist that I featured in my Update – Crystallize post, decided to get together with her friends from Pentatonix to do their own very cool cover version:
Via Lindsey Stirling on YouTube
Now lest anyone think I’ve gone all soft and mushy, I’m still cynical enough to see that, in a world where almost everything, and everyone, has become a medium for advertising manipulation, the “Welcome To The New Age” refrain could just as well read “Welcome to the Machine”…
But, for the moment at least, I prefer to just enjoy the sound. And I’m sure that I’ll achieve a happy medium where I can express my cynicism while still having a good time with it eventually. After all, I achieved just such a “happy place” when I mentally changed the refrain to that AWOLNATION song during last year’s presidential campaign:
BTW guys, the new season of Longmire begins on Memorial Day – May 27th! 😀
I want ice water.
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