I’ve always wanted to be hypnotized! Could I really be induced into clucking like a chicken at the sound of a car horn while walking along the street? At the thought of sugary snacks, could I really feel an overwhelming compulsion to exercise instead of having a cookie? I don’t know. One day I will find out.
In the meantime, there are songs! N.E.R.D. and The Flaming Lips are very different bands, but both songs deal with the theme of hypnotism.
Not surprisingly, N.E.R.D.’s “Hypnotize U” (from their 2010 album Nothing) is danceable to the extreme. The Flaming Lips’ “Are You A Hypnotist” (from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots ) is hypnotic in a more dreamy, ethereal way. Neither of them inspire me to cluck like a chicken, but both make me sing and dance and play air drums, which to me is the mark of goodness.