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Empty Souls

Songs in my head:
"1985" by Manic Street Preachers
"Empty Souls" by Manic Street Preachers
"I Live to Fall Asleep" by Manic Street Preachers
"Is She Really Going Out With Him?" by Joe Jackson

We're having a theme party/birthday party this Saturday night. I turn 26 on Sunday and at least thirteen of our friends are celebrating birthdays in February. So, that's the birthday angle. The theme is anti-Valentine's: no red clothing can be worn and black clothing is encouraged. Last night, I put together three mix CDs as a "soundtrack" for the party. Here are some of the songs I'm using:

"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by the Smiths
"Song for the Dumped" by Ben Folds Five
"Memory Lame" by Jim O'Rourke
"Is She Really Going Out With Him?" by Joe Jackson
"Everything Reminds Me of Her" by Elliott Smith
"Only Lie Worth Telling" by Paul Westerberg
"The First Cut is the Deepest" by the Koobas
"Come Pick Me Up" by Ryan Adams
"Trees" by Pulp
"What Do I Get?" by the Buzzcocks
"What It Takes" by Aerosmith
"Boys Don't Cry" by the Cure
"You Stole the Sun from My Heart" by Manic Street Preachers
"Bad Cover Version" by Pulp
"To Be Young" by Ryan Adams
"Do You Still Hate Me?" by Jawbreaker
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
"Make It Easy On Yourself" by the Walker Brothers
"Anne Arbour" by the Get Up Kids
"Don't Want to Know if You're Lonely" by Husker Du
"Walk On By" by the Dionne Warwick and the Stranglers
"Walk Away Renee" by the Four Tops
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine" by the Walker Brothers

. . . and that's just what I remember from the top of my head. I think I have enough songs for at least one more mix CD. Shall be working on that today . . .

Ever hear a song and just love it (and keep loving it after repeat plays)? Well, that's what happened when I listened to "Landed" by Ben Folds last night. Great track and a very strong single.

Jim DeRogatis has this article on his thoughts on the Super Bowl halftime show. He has a lot of good points but ultimately, I thought it was great that timeless songs were played this year, not mechanical/cold songs with no lasting appeal. I know that sounds really arrogant to say, but I feel there is lack of strong, harmonic melody in pop music these days.


Anonymous said…
Happy early birthday! Mine's coming next month -- I'll hit the quarter century mark.

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