Down under, and summer of love

May 09, 2006

I somehow seem to develop an affection for songs which have a bit of, for lack of better term, "cultural background". First it was [San Francisco](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SanFrancisco(BeSuretoWearFlowersinYour_Hair)) as performed by Scott McKenzie, and California Dreamin'. Now it's Down Under (see also the interesting song facts about this one). So these songs are a bit more than just a chunk of words and notes thrown together -- they actually mark a point in space-time continuum in a particular geography and culture. This can sometimes only acknowledged in retrospect -- for their writers, they can be just songs. I'm wondering what are other recent songs of similar cultural significance… gotta find some more.