Listomatic: You got the peaches, I got the cream!
What songs do you always, always leave playing (whether they're on .mp3, CD, or the radio)? What songs always sound good?
That's a tougher question than you think. Very often I'll make a mix CD of what I think are my favorite songs and I'll end up skipping quite a few of them because they don't sound right at the moment. I can't tell you how many times I skip over a Faith No More song on the iPod or turn a Nine Inch Nails song off the radio because it's not what I want to hear at that particular time, even though they are my favorite artists. So are there any songs that have such power, that I have such a strong reaction to that I can't turn it off no matter what my mood at the moment? Of course. But you'll be surprised at what they are.
- Weezer's Only in Dreams. A beautiful, bittersweet, song that has never been the victim of my "next" button. From singing that line about crushing pretty toenails to the five minute instrumental ending, there's not a wasted second on this one.
- The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony. This song always makes me feel like it's an incredible spring day and I can do anything I want if I just put my mind to it. It fills my soul with sunshine. It makes me want to kiss strangers and hug people I hate. I've never turned it off, even at the height of its popularity when it was on the radio a billion times a day.
- Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me. It's one of the stupidest songs ever written. The lyrics are inane and you could actually embarass yourself by singing "Do you take sugar? One lump or two?" out loud in your car, with the windows down. But you do it anyhow.
- Down - Stone the Crow. Incredibly depressing, morose, etc. But what an awesome song to sing. When he says No matter how I try/No matter what I say/I'm blamed, I'm shamed, I'm judged unfairly, it's not hard to dredge up those feelings. Because we've all been there.
Which makes me think - why do I tend to gravitate towards all the songs that remind me of being depressed or at least make me feel depressed upon hearing them? I always go back to those tunes that remind me of the worst times of my life. Sometimes singing those tunes now makes me feel appreciative towards what I have now. And sometimes I just like to remember being a sad, black-wearing, poetry writing drama queen. I was emo before there was emo, baby. Anyhow, back to the list.
- Taking Back Sunday - This Photograph is Proof. Just because I like to torture myself by trying to do both vocals.
- Filter feat. Crystal Method - Trip Like I Do. Honestly, I don't know anyone who can turn this song off.
- REO Speedwagon - Keep on Lovin' You. Oh come on. Don't look at me like that. See, I have this on my iPod as part of some 80's collection I own. And no matter who is in the car with me, this will invariably happen when the song comes up:
Passenger: WTF? REO Speedwagon?
Me: You should’ve seen by the look in my eyes, baby
Passenger: You've lost your mind, haven't you?
Me: Cause it was us baby, way before then
Passenger: Let me out of the car, man. I don't want to be seen with you.
Passenger: When I said that I love you, I meant that I love you forever
Both: And I’m gonna keep on lovin you
- Van Halen - Ice Cream Man. I sing this with all the David Lee Roth affectations. Better look out now though, Dave's got somethin' for you. Good time, good times.
- Misfits - Where Eagles Dare. Besides the chorus (I ain't no god damn son of a bitch), there's that whole "an omelette of disease awaits your noontime meal" line that I never get tired of singing.
- Stabbing Westward - Everything I Touch. My husband can't understand why I even have the Darkest Days CD on my iPod or why I have this song on so many mix CDs. It's depressing as hell on it's own, even without the personal hell story of my own that goes with it. I feel like I'm going to throw up my heart every single time I listen to it. Yet still I do. Go figure.
- Nine Inch Nails - All the Love in the World. This is a new one for me. It's from the With Teeth album that I roundly panned and which is now growing on me, just like I said it would, especially this song.
I know there's a ton more, I'll probably add to them as the day goes on (in my attempt to stop blogging about you-know-what for even just one day).