Have you ever heard a song for the first time on the radio and quickly judged it to be "not your thing" and changed the channel? Me too. It actually happens to me all the time. They say first impressions are everything, but I do know that the first impression can be swayed occasionally.
I have also had the opposite happen. I love a song and then through hearing it so often, or by a closer examination of the lyrics or structure, begin to dislike it over time.
The song I want to talk about today is The Man by The Killers.
For me, my most basic reason for disliking the song initially was that it was not what I expected from them. The only songs I know of are the ones I have heard on the radio and this certainly did not fit in with what I remembered. Upon hearing it a second time, I began to recognize influences such as Bowie and other glam rock 80's artists, that intrigued me, allowing me to give it a second chance. The song also brought back fond memories of listening to George Clinton, and those are always fun memories!
I think my favorite aspects of the song are the steady walking rhythm and the funky synth sounds. Add to that the "in your face" homage to Bowie in the line about the Hall of Fame, and I now have something to get me pumped up in the car or while exercising! I do not think that this will ever be a song I listen to on repeat, but it has grown on me.