Heels & Picks: Top 5 ways to say ‘Hello’
BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Hello. It’s me. I’ve been trying to write a blog about what songs you ought to check out, on your phone. Or your laptop. It’s been years for some of these songs but some are brand new, you see.
FYI, that intro is meant to be sung to the tune of Adele’s new single, “Hello.” It totally works, try it out.
With the arrival of the powerhouse singer’s ubiquitous single, I’ve been inspired to compile a list of top five “Hello” Songs. Some of these are actual greetings; others are kiss-offs for those whose company you no longer need.
“HELLO” BY DRAGONETTE
Dragonette’s synth pop is always catchy, and this 2010 single is no exception. A fusion of the Canadian band’s signature danceable sound and the work of French DJ and record producer Martin Solveig, the song was the lead track from Solveig’s 2011 album “Smash.”
Dragonette’s “Hello” message can be summed up deftly with a line from the first verse – “You’re alright but I’m here, darling, to enjoy the party.”
Other standout tracks from Dragonette include 2007’s “I Get Around.” Do yourself a favor and pick it up on iTunes.
“HELLO” BY ADELE
One of the most popular singers in the world at the moment, Adele has returned with a new single called “Hello” to follow up her smash album, 21.
Adele has cornered the market on break-up songs that make you want to punch yourself in the face. She hits the nail on the head every time when it comes to wading through the waters of what’s left after a breakup. If you are actually going through a breakup, or clinging to a love you’ve lost, I recommend avoiding this song like the plague.
For those of you who can handle the emotional gut wrench, it’s a strong song featuring the walloping vocal strength we have come to expect from Adele. Lyrically it’s quite simple but that’s really the most difficult part of writing a song – capturing a moment in a simple way that resonates with people.
Also, I don’t know whom she has on her hair, makeup and styling team, but guys, keep it up. She looks impeccable, always. Stay tuned for her full album, 25. It drops Nov. 20.
“HELLO” BY CRIMSON APPLE
Oahu’s own dynamic five piece, all-girl rock band, Crimson Apple, has recently launched their debut album called, you guessed it, “Hello.”
At the album launch party for their record, they took to the stage armed with the tightly rehearsed songs from “Hello” and their signature melodically driving guitars and singer Colby Benson’s soaring vocals.
My band performed, as did Aidan James and Amanda Frasier, and it was a fab Honolulu rock ‘n’ roll evening. And one of the last for Crimson Apple — the band is relocating to L.A.
The lead single from the album is also called “Hello” and it is a bit of a departure from the rest of their material. The song is heavy on the handclaps and features a sunny melody that sparks comparisons to 1960s girl-group songs, but with a modern rock bent. You can pick up Crimson Apple’s album on iTunes.
“HELLO GOODBYE” BY THE BEATLES
Sure, The Beatles are mixing their hello with goodbye, but I have to tip my cap to this 1968 classic from the masters of songwriting.
This song is from the Magical Mystery Tour film that appeared on BBC1 television, right around when The Beatles were starting to get real weird with it. Lyrically, this song is probably one of the most succinct, for such a sprawling, oddball piece of film. Another piece included in the show — the ever-elusive “I Am the Walrus.”
Truly, “Hello Goodbye” is impossible not to sing along to, and good luck getting it out of your head for the rest of the day now that you’ve read this. You’re welcome.
“HELLO” BY LIONEL RICHIE
In the wake of Adele’s smash success with her “Hello” single, and the video she released that features her talking in to a cell phone, 1980s pop megastar Lionel Richie has been enjoying a resurgence of his mega hit “Hello” from that era as well.
Granted, most of this has been in the form of comedic bits, memes and videos that mash Adele’s track with Richie’s, but I’m hoping this all creates a big paycheck for Richie in the end. Cheesy single or no, we need to support our greats. His video is hilariously heartfelt with all the schmaltz you would expect from an ’80s ballad.
It’s almost too easy, the joke of putting these two songs together – but damn it, it’s funny EVERY time.
Also funny to me, this single is from his 1983 album “Can’t Slow Down” and our debut from The Throwdowns was called “Don’t Slow Down.” We were channeling Richie and we didn’t even know it.
Erin Smith is a singer and guitarist who performs as a solo artist and with Maui-based Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated band The Throwdowns. Born in Canada, she moved to Hawaii in 2004 and now resides in Kailua. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.