Pandemic Playlist: Celebrate Pride Month 2020 with Panic! At The Disco's top 5 pop-rock songs
After releasing heterosexual-themed songs such as 'Girl That You Love' and 'Sarah Smiles', singer-composer Brendon Urie revealed that he is pansexual
Celebrated alternative indie solo project by Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco, is a musical force to be reckoned with – but what about its leader? With heterosexual-themed songs such as 'Girl That You Love' and 'Sarah Smiles' among others, Urie revealed in 2018 that he is pansexual, in an interview with Paper magazine. Urie's support of the LGBTQIA+ community was honored last year as he became a recipient of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) Inspiration Award.
As we pay honor community legends this Pride Month 2020, let's take a look at some of our favorite Panic! At The Disco's tracks on today's Pandemic Playlist.
Pandemic Playlist: Panic! At The Disco edition
The self-empowering musical bomb that is 'High Hopes' encapsulates the sensation that one is called for greater things. With hard-hitting soulful vocals and a booming beat, the first verse instantly grips as Urie sings: "Had to have high, high hopes for a living / Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing / Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision / Always had high, high hopes. Had to have high, high hopes for a living / Didn't know how but I always had a feeling. I was gonna be that one in a million / Always had high, high hopes."
'Death Of A Bachelor'
Speaking of vocals, Urie fires on all cylinders with this self-titled track from Panic! At The Disco's fifth album. Urie has shared that Frank Sinatra inspired the track. Described as EDM, jazz, pop, R&B, soul, swing, synth-pop and trap, the song dances to the beat of its own mixture but more notably unleashes the powerful vocal versatility of the singer. The suave Sinatra-tipped lows and high-pitched belting betwixt is stunning and proves the sheer brilliance of Urie.
'Dancing's Not A Crime'
Panic! At The Disco initially birthed as a band when they applied more rock themes to their music. It wasn't until it eventually became Urie's solo project that the music evolved to varying degrees. In tracks like 2018's 'Dancing's Not A Crime', Urie's versatility is evident as he adopts a more pop tone: synth stabs, a lessening of distorted guitars with more emphasis on snappier riffs, and brass underlining the instrumentation on this funky track.
'Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks'
One of the lesser-known and lesser talked about tracks from Panic! At The Disco, we felt this song was too good to miss. Off the band's debut studio album, ' 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out' was released way back in 2005. A trace of emo poises through its sonic resonances, but Urie's famously cheeky ambiguity is revealed in the lyrics. We suggest a read on Metrolyrics here. Urie never openly spoke of the song's meanings and as it is left to interpretation, it stands as one of its greatest features. Aside from the mystery, its tight-rope walk on its bittersweet sound is most addicting.
Listen to 'Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks' here.
Leaning more towards hard rock, 'Victorious' gets a thumping beat, densely-packed instrumentation, but explosive in delivery with each heightened elevation. Urie touches on '80s heavy metal vocal belting, the song snaps to each verse-chorus alteration without monotony, each segment has a personality of its own, and 'Victorious' is a perfect delivery of catchy music.
Watch the 'Victorious' music video here.
Pandemic Playlist is a daily list of songs that will keep you entertained instead of feeling drained while you're isolated at home. Look out for a fresh selection of great tunes from MEAWW to refresh your mood every day!