Year 2, Day 14: OK Go – OK Go
- Get Over It
- Don’t Ask Me
- You’re So Damn Hot
- What to Do
- 1000 Miles per Hour
- Shortly Before the End
- There’s a Fire
- C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips
- The Fix Is In
- Hello, My Treacherous Friends
- Bye Bye Baby
About the Album
OK Go is the self title debut album from Chicago rockers, OK Go. The album debuted at number 107 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers charts. OK Go was released September 17, 2002.
Thoughts on the Album
This album contains one of my favorite songs to tell people. What is that song you ask? None over than, Get Over It. I have shamefully used it before as a breakup song. Just like I’ve used the song You’re So Damn Hot to describe a girl. Of course, I have since developed a more broad vocabulary. So, before I get further off topic, what’s the deal with this album you may ask? I’m glad you asked.
OK Go is a 12 track, roughly 41 minute power-op/pop rocker. The album opens with the first single and probably the most recognizable track, Get Over It. It should be mentioned that this band has penchant and knack for very tongue-in-cheek lyrics. No more evident in the opening track. The lyrics of not just this song, but the rest of the album’s tracks are highly intelligent, well-thought out, filled with that trademark tongue-in-cheek snark/sarcasm.
Get Over It, is a pure rocker if I ever heard one. It starts off with a drum riff, before a rather raw and crunchy guitar riff kicks in. The song is so incredibly catchy that within the first thirty seconds, you’ll be singing along. While the song can be interpreted as “vain” or “whiny,” but I obviously disagree. The lyrics of Get Over It pop that self-pitying bubble of those who are listening with snarky and sarcastic lines such as: “Your wounds are full of salt, everything’s a stress and what’s more, well it’s all somebody’s fault.” And of course, my personal favorite line: “Ain’t it just a bitch? What a pain…Well it’s all a crying shame. What left to do but complain? Better find someone to blame.” The song sends an awesome message… did your significant other dump you? Didn’t get that grade/thing you wanted? Rub some dirt on it, and focus on what you can do. Perfect, if you ask me.
That’s enough about one song; I could probably write an entire post on Get Over It alone. The next track, Don’t Ask Me, is probably the catchiest song on the entire album. Yes outshining the previous one. Don’t Ask Me contains a heavy synth, a drum beat that pops, and of course, frontman Damian Kulash’s sarcasm-drowned vocals. The next two tracks, You’re So Damn Hot and What to Do continue along this path, as joking/borderline serious tracks designed to be easy and memorable tracks. What to Do specifically, goes about this in a more relaxed manner and a “chilled-out” vibe in the chorus: “What to do? Sweetheart, you’ll find mediocre people do exceptional things all the time.“
With OK Go, there aren’t all songs that just chug along. For example, the track Return, blurs the line between “joking/amusing” and “actually meaningful”. You can hear the intensity and anguish in Kulash’s voice. The track is an emotional and sad one, but it’s a diamond-in-the-rough that may take a few listens to get.
I should say that, like most albums in the pop-rock/power pop genre, the quality of the songs dies off in the second half. Although, the tracks C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips and Hello My Treacherous Friends are two of the rare late album finds. But sadly, the rest of the remaining tracks after track six can be defined as filler.
My verdict? Give it a listen. If not for Get Over It, but for Don’t Ask Me, You’re So Damn Hot, and What to Do. Just to named to name a few. While the album is far from the most technical, the simple composition and instrumentation makes up for it. And for at least 41 minutes, this album is a nice reminder that, hey, life doesn’t suck as bad as you think it does.