Carly & Her Sisters: Are 'Call Me Maybe' & 'Dare Me' Separated At Birth?

How important is the hook to a song? It’s critical… and with “
Dare Me” by the Pointer Sisters and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” there’s a thread of both that operates in the same wheelhouse. After CRJ’s (clearly live, thankfully) performance on The Today Show, it’s a good time to bring this out of my head and onto the page.

I can’t explain it - it’s been a gut-level response to “Call Me Maybe” that’s crept into my brain, and probably yours, like a kid with a first-time candy high.

This post also is an homage to
The Pointer Sisters, who, as a kid, I basically worshipped back in the 80s and 90s as the Second Coming. First, the official video for “Dare Me,” here:

And now, the decidedly newer and racier video for “Call Me Maybe,” here:

At the point in both choruses, there’s a hook, a beat, that makes both songs cousins - or perhaps the
Sisters’ jam was the grandmother to this tune. Am I nutty? Well we know that I am - but I’m eager to get your thoughts.

As we found out today, “Call Me”
started out as a folk tune on the acoustic guitar. And don’t hold it against Carly that she’s a Beiber protege.

No matter if you see it like I do, I “dare you” to stop tapping your feet during either of these jams. What do you think?
- WP