For the week of 1/14/2013…

“Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” by the Vaccines

When the Vaccines’ much-hyped debut album, cheekily titled What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, hit shelves in 2011, it looked like the U.K. might have produced the first really big rock band to emerge in the 2010s.  As it turns out, while the Vaccines are apparently genuine rock-stars to at least some extent in their native country, they haven’t made such a lasting impression in the States.  Perhaps it was fatigue with British guitar bands (Franz Ferdinand, Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Fratellis, etc.) and the fact that they didn’t seem to be offering anything particularly original or inventive which has prevented them from blowing up over here.  A broad preference for hip-hop and electronica over rock certainly seems to be part of the issue as well.  Regardless, if in the future I were to make a compilation commemorating the rock music of the 2010s, I would almost certainly start with the Vaccines’ first hit single, “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra).”  Sure, it kind of kicked off the decade, you might say, but surely the Vaccines aren’t as important to the 2010s as the Strokes’ Is This It was to the 2000s.  That’s true, but… who cares?  “Wreckin’ Bar” is a great little pop-rock song, with a catchy melody, upbeat energy, and memorable carefree lyrics.  It’s short and sweet.  It’s drenched in trendy reverb like oh-so-many things from 2010-11.  And I can’t get it out of my head.

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