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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Oil Boom's song "The Sneak Tip" is a KOSU favorite this month. (Courtesy of the artist)

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now let's add a different kind of diversity to our musical choices. It's time for our series Heavy Rotation. Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song, and then we feature one of those songs on MORNING EDITION. Today, we go to Oklahoma City, where Ryan LaCroix is the operations manager, and All Things Considered host at KOSU. He also hosts a program called Oklahoma Rock Show, two hours of local music on KOSU every Thursday night. And he says the definition of local music is broad.

RYAN LACROIX, BYLINE: If an Oklahoman happens to be in a band across the globe, we'll still play them.

INSKEEP: The band Oil Boom is actually based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. But lead singer Ryan Taylor hails from Oklahoma City, so he qualified. KOSU's Ryan LaCroix says the group's song of "The Sneak Tip" is just plain fun.

(SOUNDBITE OF OIL BOOM SONG, "THE SNEAK TIP")

LACROIX: The song is about dancing, and it has a hint of nostalgia. The lyrics have phrases that my dad would use, like cut a rug or, you know, referring to, like, an old dance move like the mashed potato.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SNEAK TIP")

OIL BOOM: (Singing) Pop on the mash potato and the horse smile ran with the peppermint twins. As for me, I get a kick out of watching every time they reminisce.

LACROIX: Ryan Taylor, the singer, his vocals are kind of carefree and loose. And he has an excited stutter that leads up to the chorus that almost acts as the hook on its own.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SNEAK TIP")

OIL BOOM: (Singing) I just want to get down on the sneak tip at best. 'Cause on the sneak tip woah, woah, woah let's dance.

LACROIX: They have a great music video for the song. They used footage they found online of dancers at a teen nightclub in the '80s. And everybody's really hamming it up for the camera, playing air guitars, and doing line dances and "Karate Kid" moves. And it just really fits right in with the lyrics and the feel of the song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SNEAK TIP")

OIL BOOM: (Singing) Now-a-days, I'll shake a leg anyways 'cause I just want to get down on the sneak tip at best.

LACROIX: It is a mixture of garage rock and power pop. And it gives your body that instant reaction, you know, it gets her head bopping and your legs shaken. You don't have to over think it.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SNEAK TIP")

OIL BOOM: (Singing) Come on, let's dance.

INSKEEP: "Sneak Tip" by Oil Boom, chosen by Ryan LaCroix of KOSU in Oklahoma City. Hear more selections from Heavy Rotation at npr.org/music. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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