Our friends over at MP3.com just relaunched their site this week, and to celebrate it, we’re helping them give away some of the best new tracks for free all month long! Today, we’re featuring Ok Go’s “All Is Not Lost.”
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]OK Go[/lastfm] rose to fame on the strength of some hilarious music videos, but with their new live album 180/365, which features 15 tracks cherry picked from 180 concerts, they are out to prove they are more than just an internet meme. If you ever had doubts about their legitimacy as a real band, check out album highlight “All Is Not Lost.”
OK Go got their start on the local circuit in Chicago, opening for notable artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elliott Smith[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Promise Ring[/lastfm]. Their exuberant live shows soon earned them a devoted following. To take things to the next level, guitarist Andy Ross devised an ingenious plan to promote the band through a series of low budget videos. The video for “A Million Ways” soon became the most downloaded music video ever and spawned countless fan tributes. Several months later, the video for “Here It Goes Again” found OK Go dancing once again – this time on a set of moving treadmills. It too went viral and the song became a Top 40 hit in America and the U.K.
Worried that they had painted themselves into a corner, the band retreated to the studio to work on their third album. Five years later, they emerged with Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, an ambitious pop album in the same vein as something like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Prince[/lastfm]’s Purple Rain. They then followed that with the live album of tracks cherry picked from 180 concerts OK Go played in support of Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky.
“All Is Not Lost” is a chugging power pop track that translates well to an live setting. You can practically feel the concert energy when lead singer Damian Kulash shouts “But when they say all is lost/ All is not lost! No, all is not lost at all” and it’s clear that these guys are more than a YouTube novelty act.