“Hey Ya” is the true meaning of life.”
– Urban Dictionary
Back then we all got tired of “Hey Ya” in no time at all. It was being played everywhere and became so popular that there was simply no escaping this. But when it first originally came out a few months prior we all played it to the death and thought It was the coolest thing around, because it was so much of an unusual tune, especially for such a “real” hip hop group like Outkast (used to be, before thy became awesome). But now ten years down the road, it came up playing on my iTunes – and in my defense – i don’t listen to radio or watch TV at all (must be playing there all the time) – it was such an awesome, positive, fun-filled song in such radical contrast to todays moody and heavy, thought filled songs, that all try to sound arty and end up sounding so deprived of life. I guess that’s why Daft Punks song was so successful last summer – it was sheer fun and the same goes for “Hey Ya” ( x 100). It’s such a ridiculously simple (music and chord wise) song that does not try to be more than it is – sheer fun. Now that’s what i call grown up!
“Shake it, shake shake shake, shake it like a Polaroid picture!!” …maybe retro hipster kids know what i’m talking about with their old cameras… even though you’re not supposed to shake a Polaroid ;)