A long list this week, but only because I’ve been really into my music this past week, making CDs for my cousin and others, and that has made me delve into the cupboard and see what I could pull out. The following are on my playlist at the moment, among others, but these come to mind. Some rather extensive quoting of lyrics, but only where I felt it necessary to get the true spirit of the song. Tune in, don’t tune out. Or as Timothy Leary said, tune out, tune in… yes?
“Town Called Malice” by the Jam: Everything about home sings to me in this song. This, to me, and I can’ t say for anyone else, is all that England is to me, or maybe any small town; but because it’s the Jam, I associate it strongly with England and with Finsbury Park and Tottenham. Paul Weller always knew where of he spoke
“Innocent Child” by BAD II: A beautiful song with great lyrics. Just listen to it. The original Big Audio Dynamite was spectacular. Don’t know enough about this group here as of this present writing, but intend to find out more. Sorry, wish I knew more, but download the song or buy it. It’s well worth it.[ADBLOCKHERE]
“At 4 A.M.” by Tom Verlaine: One of his best in my view, though “Pillow” is terrific and so is “Five Miles of You” (did I get that right?), “Postcard from Waterloo”, which I also love – but then, what don’t I love about Tom Verlaine? God, I interviewed the guy, so that says a lot. Anything by Tom Verlaine or Television is pretty much great, in my view.
“Chuck E.’s in Love” by Rickie Lee Jones: I think the song by Orb has influenced me here, so now I’m all about Rickie Lee Jones, who I liked to begin with, and this song in particular reminds me of being young(er) and riding my bike to see my then semi-boyfriend who I used to make out with in the sanctuary near our house. God, those stolen, golden afternoons. Even if we did wind up with mosquito bites all over us, or I did (all over the backs of my legs and one time, poison sumac for which I had to go and get cortisone shots every week which was awful) it was still worth it all. This song reminds me of all of that, and that’s a good thing. As we said last week – music reminds us of time, place, people and Thomas Jones VI will go down in my memory with that song (he’d be appalled, but still). None of this makes it any less of a great song.
“She’s in Fashion” by Suede: Great attitude here. As someone who, God help me, worked in fashion and lived to tell the tale, I think this is a great song because it perfectly captures the movement and atmosphere of what it means to work in fashion. Even if you hate fashion, this song reminds me of good New Wave songs that we used to get over the radio from WFNX (was that it?) and tape off the radio (major crime). Worth a listen.
“Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space” by Spiritualized: Have I put this on my list before? I honestly can’t remember. If not, it ought to have been there long ago, because this is one of my all time favorite songs, and sung in rounds, too. Depressing and sad yes, and all he wants is a “little bit of love to take the pain away…” which is damn sad if you ask me, but doesn’t strike me as self-pitying really – not in the “Stadium Self Pity” way that so many songs are.
“Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order: For a variety of reasons this song has been on my mind, perhaps nostalgia, perhaps just current events that ring around my mind,
Every time I think of you
I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue
It’s no problem of mine but it’s a problem I find
Living a life that I can’t leave behind
There’s no sense in telling me
The wisdom of a fool won’t set you free
But that’s the way that it goes
And it’s what nobody knows
While every day my confusion grows
Every time I see you falling
I get down on my knees and pray
I’m waiting for that final moment
You’ll say the words that I can’t say
and so on… and the song repeats from:
Every time I see you falling…
with those last three lines.
It’s really a great song, and I think New Order have largely been forgotten about or dismissed as too pop-like after the heavy-heavies of Joy Division and Ian Curtis’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart Again.” I would’t let that affect me though. I would still download this song, or buy the whole album because it’s actually pretty great (Substance and a double set). Last week I had “Fall at Your Feet” by Crowded House. There seems to be some theme running through my lists of the past two weeks. Ah well, tant pis, tant mieux.
“Shades by Iggy Pop: How can you not love a guy who sings:
You gave me a present
The paper was blue and green
I unwrapped it with pleasure
These are the best shades I’ve ever seen
You can be my girlfriend
Forever and a day
I never thought I was worth much
Or that anyone would treat me this way
and then the chorus, which is as fantastic as the rest of the song, I believe…
I’m not the kind of guy
Who dresses like a king
And a really fine pair of shades
And the light that blinds my eyes
Shines from you
It makes me come in the night
It makes me swim with delight
I like this pain
I like this mirror
I like these shades
I love this song. It has inspired me to buy my husband many (perhaps too many) pairs of shades. I used the word “inspired” because I believe that’s what this song does – it inspires confidence in a guy who “never thought I was worth much, or that anyone would treat me this way.”
“Lover’s Spit” by Broken Social Scene: Okay, it sounds gross and may well be, but I still love this song. How can you not love these lyrics, especially, “It’s time that we grow old, do some shit” which personally, I can relate to. Half the time I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels. Particularly good if it’s spring and you see lover’s kissing and are single and feeling a bit embittered. Love it.
All these people drinking lover’s spit
They sit around and clean their face with it
And they listen to teeth to learn how to quit
tied to a night they never met
You know it’s time
that we grow old and do some shit
I like it all that way
That’s all folks! Thanks for tuning in – ’til next week.Powered by Sidelines