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Black Eyed PeasHearing the Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” for the first time on the radio made me realize that the decline of Western civilization was near. Granted, the song has had its detractors: According to Wikipedia, “My Humps” has been described as “one of the most embarrassing rap performances of the new millennium” and “Horrifically Bad.”

It still climbed to No. 3 on the pop charts.

I am a child of the 80s. My generation has seen its share of stupid songs (“Rock Me Amadeus,” “Tarzan Boy” and “Electric Avenue” come to mind). But for all the inanity, the one-hit wonders, the emphasis of style over substance, that music seemed to still have melody. Duran Duran, for all their teen magazine covers and makeup, could write a hook that could infect your brain. You could hum a George Michael song.

Hooks and Harmony is my attempt to:

  1. Showcase some real, unheard music in a world of samples, loops and electronic drums;
  2. Remind you of the late 70s and early 80s, when melody ruled the charts;
  3. Convince myself that there is hope for music and Western civilization.