The Best Tracks of 2015, #14


14. Chelsea Lankes, “Too Young to Fall in Love”

If you ask me to name my favourite singles of the 1980s, Mötley Crüe’s “Too Young to Fall in Love will be right up there. It’s their greatest moment, in which it struts with such menace and masculinity, putting on an air of braggadocio, but at the same time its excuse to act misogynistic is actually a thinly veiled admission of vulnerability. It’s a deadly smart song by a band whose dumbness is both played up by themselves and emphasized by the media. Anyway, Los Angeles artist Chelsea Lankes offered up her own interpretation of the classic song this year, some 32 years after it originally came out, transforming it into a sultry synthpop song. And I was as floored as anyone when it turned out to be a gorgeous rendition. It’s contemporary pop sleekness being dragged through a Hollywood gutter, and the contrast is intoxicating. Better yet, the strut is still there, but it’s been appropriated by an assertive young woman, turning the tables on everything glam metal stood for. (Spotify) (YouTube)