My friend and Jon Harting and I, sometime around eighth grade, became obsessed with Better Than Ezra's hit single "Good." The pulsing bass line, the somewhat snarky lyrical delivery -- this was the pinnacle of popular music, in our opinion. We didn't know who Ezra was or anything else on Deluxe, where the song came from. We didn't really care. "Good" was enough for at least a summer's worth of music.
You can't really wear a groove in a compact disc, but we came close.
Nearly fifteen years later, I have found another BTE song to love, though it's not quite as catchy as the narcotic "Good." "Turn Up the Bright Lights" shows that the band has been influenced by more delicate indie styles and is as polished as ever.
Hello, old friends.