One song. Every day. Alphabetical order.
Rum Pum Pum Pum (from Pink Tape – 2013)
Rum Pum Pum Pum is my favorite f(x) title track, and arguably the group’s crowning achievement. The song has everything I look for when it comes to f(x): a great melody, off kilter production and a unique lyrical conceit. In this case, the group compares first love with a first wisdom tooth being pulled.
The track opens with an addictive loop of plucked bass guitar, which forms the backbone for much of the instrumental. This is joined by two blasts of percussion – first an insistent kick and then something more akin to a marching band drumline. Over the top, we get a gorgeous pre-chorus that sees the girls performing in a harmonized round. The chorus fleshes things out by bringing most of these elements together as the vocal arrangement becomes more robust. Quirky refrains pepper the backdrop, and the track only grows more adventurous as it goes on. Its final moments transform into a rousing clap-along free-for-all, bringing a great sense of climax to the song. The fact that this all occurs in just over three minutes’ time is astounding.
~ Rest in peace, Sulli. We will forever be grateful for the incredible music and spirit you left behind ~