On the Goe: ‘Call Me Maybe’ is coolest

Judging by the Country Jam outfits I saw last weekend, it is officially summer.

Forget about the summer solstice, nothing starts the season like being flat out drunk in a pair of cowboy boots, Daisy Duke cutoffs and a bikini top while rocking a third degree sunburn.

Like many of you, I’ve been seeking desperate escape from the wrath of the sun. It has sent me to the public pool for some high dive and water slide action and to the movie theater for some sweet A/C.

I ripped my jeans, my skin was showing, still, nothing but a cool dark basement has provided any sort of relief from these hot nights when the wind is blowing.

Regardless of where I go, however, it is impossible to escape this year’s song of the summer.

Consecutive 100-degree highs already have worn me out, but you know what I can’t get enough of? Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” If you haven’t heard it yet, well, you’re in the minority.

Trading the glow of the sun for the glow of my computer monitor, I’ve been spending my time playing YouTube roulette with this year’s most viral jam.

The Miami Dolphin cheerleaders have a version. So does the Harvard baseball team. Jimmy Fallon and Roots gave it the Late Night treatment with classroom instruments. Someone even cut up Barack Obama’s speeches to the song lyrics. “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message: And all the other boys / try and chase me / but here’s my number / so call me, maybe?”

There are thousands of “Call Me Maybe” parody and tribute videos, and with a song this catchy, I wouldn’t be surprised if I eventually watch them all. The official video has over 125 million views. That’s just the tip of the Carly Rae iceberg.

“Call Me Maybe” has all the essentials for a summer smash. The song topic is non-threatening and totally innocent. The chorus is simple and easy to remember, and it encapsulates what summer is meant to be: fun. It may not have much life after the summer is over, but who cares?

Jepsen is just about the cutest thing ever. She’s 26, looks about 16, and personifies youth.

Another Canadian import, Jepsen placed third on Canadian Idol in 2007, dropped “Call Me Maybe” and has a No. 1 hit in 11 countries.

Fellow Canadian and 16-year-old girl look-a-like Justin Bieber recently gave the song a shout out to his 23 million Twitter followers, further propelling the song into the pop stratosphere and also proving social media’s worth to the music industry.

Like Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” last year and Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” this year, the best summer jams happen organically and come out of nowhere. You can’t force feed us nonsense like the clowns from Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa’ did with the terrible “Payphone.” Their calculated attempt to create a summer smash failed miserably, and it makes me wonder if they purposefully tried to write the worst song ever. If so, they succeeded.

I know this is crazy, but before Jepsen came in into your life you missed her so bad, missed her so bad, missed her so, so bad. You just didn’t know it yet. Depending on your outlook this is either the best or worst song you’ve ever heard.

Me? I’ll call on Jepsen and her fun-loving pop music over just about anything during this ridiculously hot summer.

David Goe is a programmer for KAFM 88.1 Community Radio. His show airs at 9 p.m. the first Friday and first Saturday of each month. You can email Goe at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter at @David_Goe.


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