First Hit #1: October 12, 2013
It’s interesting that it’s taken this long to get a song that’s against hedonism. Lorde, with her minimal, finger-snap beat, has made a song about rejecting the hedonistic fantasy and then aiming for something else entirely. It’s not completely clear what she’s replacing the fantasy with – there’s a kind of power thing going on but it’s never really clear what the Queen Bee parts are actually referring to – and it’s still a song about clubbing. It’s a song about clubbing on the cheap and being fine with that, but it’s just removing any bragging about wealth. This is only new to the pop charts, of course, country music has always had a pride in being less than wealthy, but it’s at least kind of interesting for that. It’s also fairly interesting in the way it’s performed, since Lorde at least gives a relatively unorthodox performance on the chorus which keeps things interesting. It’s no revolution, but it’s kind of neat anyway.