Well folks, it’s not quite Throwback Thursday, but today’s reviewed song is definitely an instant classic from back in 2004. TV on the Radio, comprised of Tunde Adebimpe, David Sitek, Kyp Malone, and Jaleel Bunton, was formed back in 2001 by Adebimpe. This song by them, “Staring at the Sun,” is their very first single release, off of their debut studio album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. It was listed as the #41 song on Pitchfork‘s “Top 500 songs of the 2000s,” and is one of the best examples of TV on the Radio’s unique blend of the indie and art rock genres.
TV on the Radio has released four more studio albums since Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, their most recent of which, Seeds topped out on the iTunes music charts at #12 back in November. “Staring at the Sun” was not just a band-defining song, but a decade-defining song as it not only put one of the most influential indie rock bands on the map back in 2004, but has been the inspiration for a multitude of consequential indie rock bands.
Check out the song that started it all for TV on the Radio via SoundCloud below: