“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if theyâ€™re not any good, but they must be songs youâ€™re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what theyâ€™re listening to.”
Lawson tagged me a while ago. In no particular order:
1) Pork and Beans — Weezer. Weezer is the patron saint of irreverance. The Red Album has gloriously devolved into post-Eminem self-reflexive engrandisement where Pop is the Other. However, Pop is not refuted, but hyper-valorised in the neo-liberal death spiral of ironic catch-phrase enthusiasm. Weezer is a Gen X band riding the waves of their own cultural influence as its impact feeds back across and through Nxt Gen emo power pop bands like a schizophrenic wave machine in a shopping mall built for paranoics. Plus it has some mad riffs. I love that shit. This will not be the last Weezer track on this list as I bought the Red Album, the first new CD I have purchased in over a year…
2) Everywhere — Fleetwood Mac. I am a serious fan of tunes that would destroy civilisation if covered by Rise Against. Actually, for that matter, there is not enough eschatological Pop. The bright side of life is the brilliant glow of a malfunctioning microwave that turns your blood into pure Red Bull giving you the superpower of controlling time… or maybe just Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac playing while checking your emails and having your morning coffee.
3) Shooting from the Hip — Chicks on Speed. This song: They sound like Hollywood representations of European supermodels having a conversation with each other on Japanese game show mobile phones while trying to assemble an Ikea flat-packed computer desk that has been packed with the wrong instruction sheet. Me write good to hers’ song.
4) Anyway You Want It — Rise Against. In my top 5 or maybe 10 songs of all time. I have had it on every iPod playlist since hearing it. I have been cranking it lately in my car as I fixed my stereo. Fuckin sick…
5) The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn) — Weezer. Another Red Album track. This song sounds like a well crafted accident but crazy, like the record executives told them THEY NEEDED TO PRODUCE THE GOODS and so Weezer responded with this massive Fuck You with Eddie-Murphy-Delirious Chocolate Sprinkles on top. Warning: It tends towards the E-P-I-C scale of an inedible gobstopper.
6) Dream Police — Cheap Trick. The best line in this song is “They’re driving me insane, those men inside my brain”. It is actually a rather compelling song about mental illness, albeit wrapped up in 1980s Cock Rock goodness.
7) Daytime Dilemma (The Dangers of Love) — The Ramones. In the archeology of the present this song proves that Jerry Springer (THE Daytime Dilemma) is the future anterior of The Ramones. Love is like Crocodile-Dundee-with-a-knife dangerous and The Ramones nail it with this masterpiece. Better than James Joyce, they capture the hauntological dimension of romantic relations.
Hmm, I won’t pass on the meme but feel free to take up the challenge.