Thursday, October 05, 2006

Aural Gratification

Lulu asked me yesterday if I had been obsessively thinking about this since I got tagged, but oddly, I really hadn't put that much thought into it yet. Now that I have a moment to come up for air, I'll try to crystallize my musical inclinations.

1. Music That Has Changed Your Life
In high school when I discovered WXRT and MV3 a whole new world opened up to me. One that included the Psychedelic Furs, Adam Ant, The Clash and so many more. I was never a mainstream kind of girl, so when I discovered that there was more out there than Journey and REO Speedwagon I immediately got on that ride. In college I would have to say that the first time I heard Bauhaus my freshman year, I was never the same again. I realized that music could take you to places you never dreamed of. I'll never forget sitting in my room listening to that tape of Bauhaus my friend Dwayne gave me. I felt like I was exploring a new planet. From that point on music began to define who I was. Additionally, I would have to include Naked Raygun. I adored them and loved being a part of the local scene.

2. A. An Album That Has Stayed With You For More Than Ten Years (In a Good Way)
There is a lot of stuff that has stuck around. Here are a few of my all-time favorites:
David Bowie-Hunky Dory
Love and Rockets-Express
Naked Raygun-Throb Throb

B. Music You're Supposed To Like, But Are Embarassed To Say You Never Really Did
I can tell you that it took me years to warm up to the whole alternative country thing. It was virtually blasphemous at the time I worked at the radio station in college. Everyone was soooo into it. Ask Lulu, for many years I preferred buzz saw guitar versus jangly guitar. It just made my head feel better. Now, I am a lot more diversified in my musical taste. I still am not a huge fan of anything that sounds a little too country. Makes my skin crawl.

3. Music That Makes You Laugh
I cannot listen to The Smiths without laughing at some point. Does it count if the video makes you laugh, because OK Go had the funniest video I've ever seen.

4. Music That Makes You Cry
What A Wonderful World-Joey Ramone version
Keep Me In Your Heart For Awhile-Warren Zevon

5. Music You Wish You Had Written
Almost anything by Wilco. I am consistently stunned and in awe. However, I think if I actually could play and write, my music would come out sounding more like Matthew Sweet.

6. Music You Wish Had Never Been Written
Good Lord, I hate John Fogarty. Fingernails on a chalk board. I couldn't even tell you if his songs were good or not, I HATE his voice.

7. Current Music You Like
Bloc Party, The Bomb, The Methadones, The New Pornographers

8. Music You've Been Meaning To Hear
I don't have a copy of The Methadones new CD yet. It's all covers and is called 21st Century Power Pop Riot.

That's about it, kiddies. Time for me to go destroy another decibel of my hearing.


Echo said...

You're right... our ipods must be clones of each other...

Throb, Throb... Bowie... Matthew Sweet... Bloc Party... Wilco...

Beth said...

Muy aural doppelganger; must be our stint in college radio. Nearly every answer made me shout "Me, too!" Excellent answers ... but where was R.E.M.?

And I've always been a little mystified by the Fogerty-worshippers myself.

Tenacious S said...

Beth, I know Lulu will answer soon and I thought I'd leave the REM for her to talk about. I did see them in a small hall in Columbia, SC when I lived there.

Echo, do you have a black nano by chance?

Echo said...

A black 80GB....

Grant Miller said...

There really isn't anything more out there beyond Journey. If you map it out, everything really begins with and circles back to Journey. As God intended.