27 May 2021 – Genghis Khan by Miike Snow

You can listen to “Genghis Khan” by Miike Snow here.

I went to see Flight Facilities in 2014 and at the very end of the set they played “Hey Ya!” by Outkast. Not a cover or a remix, just the standard original version. I remember talking to someone else afterwards and I remarked that it was a bit weird. They said that they loved it because it was a massive song for their friend group, like it was the equivalent of an inside joke that I just didn’t get. It was as if they didn’t realise that “Hey Ya!” is one of the biggest songs of all time and probably a massive song for lots of friend groups. I was thinking about the idea of what songs you can claim like that. “Genghis Khan” by Miike Snow is probably a song I feel that way about for my own friends. It’s been a regular feature at any occasion where there is a chance for anyone to suggest songs since we first heard it in 2015.

I think part of the appeal is the video, which is magical. It’s goofy but brilliant. There’s a story to it, which is always one of my favourite kind of videos. There’s fantastic dancing by people who don’t immediately look like dancers. A good video is a great first impression for a song. The song also ticks a lot of my usual boxes. It’s catchy. There’s lots of falsetto and sing along bits. I like the melodrama of the phrase “I get a little bit Genghis Khan”. Musically, it’s all about the piano which is punchy and abrupt throughout the song before pushing to the front towards the end of the song.

27 May 2021 – Genghis Khan by Miike Snow

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