Friday Five: mish mash of memories
[Note: downloads have expired]
Van Halen - Ice Cream Man (download)
[29 on the list]
My son has developed an obsession with VH. Having inherited his mother's impeccable taste, he only listens to DLR era VH and is fond of saying "If it's not David Lee Roth, it's crap!"
The constant sound of my son practicing his Eddie Van Halen guitar solos has made me recall my love/hate relationship with DLR. He was a buffoon. A clown. A side show freak in the circus of rock and roll. But he was a whole lot of fun, wasn't he? If rock and roll were movies, Ice Cream Man would be Karate Kid. Do you have any idea what I mean by that?
Korn - Dead Bodies Everywhere (download)
[#325 on the list]
Sometimes in my rush to distance myself from this band and its recent efforts, I forget how much I really liked Follow the Leader. It came out at a time when I was going through some things that made me just a little bit angry (ok, a lot) and the head banging that ensued with FTL was a great way to blow off some negative adrenaline - especially at their shows. Say what you want about this band, they know how to bring it live. Plus, I like remembering that adrenaline and the feeling that I could kill a small army with my bare hands, one at a time, if I had to.
Misfits - Attitude (download)
This showed up on the iPod today and I got this weird flashback of some Danzig inspired dream I had about eight years ago. No, I'm not going to bore you with the details.
Have I mentioned how much I adore Glen Danzig? He gets no respect. None.
Monster Magnet - Space Lord (download)
I really like this song. I sing it often, as it's on quite a few mix cds I've made over the years. But did I ever really think about it? Apparently not. Because if I did, I might have been more careful about loudly singing these lyrics: Been stuffed in your pocket for the last hundred days/When I don't get my bath I take it out on the slaves/So grease up your baby for a ball on the hill/Polish them rockets now and swallow those pills I honestly have no idea what I've been singing all these years. Grease up your baby for a ball on the hill. I hope I didn't sing that in mixed company.
Sarah Mclachlan - Possession (download)
[#64 on the list]
You know that tune that holds so many intense memories for you that the first note of the song can put you back in that place as if it just happened, as if that time was now, and hearing it makes you feel like someone is ripping your insides out and you don't know whether to burst into gut wrenching tears or just force a bittersweet smile and try to be happy that you have those memories at all and you wonder why the hell you make yourself listen to this every once in a while when you know you will now spend the rest of the evening wallowing in whatever remnants of self pity are still kicking around inside your heart? Yea, that one.