Track of the Day: 'Heart Attack'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader writes:

A few weeks ago, I was listening to Raphael Saadiq’s album Stone Rollin' and since then, the song “Heart Attack” has been stuck in my head. It’s a propulsive number, opening with a drum roll and steadily building throughout as Saadiq wails/shouts his agony as the bass line thumps. It’s also a supremely retro song (Sly and the Family Stone, anyone?), and hearing it also takes me back to my 8-9-10-year-old self. My friends and I obsessively listened to WABC radio back then and spent our TV viewing time watching Hullabaloo, Shindig, and American Bandstand, dreaming of the day we would be cool teenagers.

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