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Six Songs of Me


Two weeks ago, Ulysses introduced me to Six Songs of Me, a blatant advertisement for what appears to be a Pandora knockoff. Nonetheless, I needed something to blog about, so I decided to play along. Ulysses had trouble picking his songs, but I was able to knock them off rather easily.

1) What was the first song you ever bought?

“Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)” by Garbage.

This question would be better phrased as “What was the first song you ever owned?”: being of the Napster/file-sharing generation, I didn’t actually purchase music until I hit college, but I had my own private library of pirated MP3s, starting with this one. As I’ve mentioned before, Garbage was one of the first bands whose music I connected with, and this was the first song of theirs I ever heard.

2) What song always gets you dancing?

“Combat Baby” by Metric.

For me, music is more of a solitary experience. Nonetheless, there are a few songs that make me want to start flailing my limbs like a stroked-out epileptic (at least when I’m drunk), and this is one of them. Actually, pretty much any of Metric’s faster-paced songs fit the bill, but I went with “Combat Baby” because it’s one of the few songs from their early records that isn’t laden with cynical political propagandizing. (Don’t you love it when musicians who are worth millions of dollars complain about consumerism?)

3) What song takes you back to your childhood?

“Race for the Prize (Sacrifice of the New Scientists)” by the Flaming Lips.

A no-brainer. Whenever I hear those over-processed synths, those lo-fi drums, and Wayne Coyne’s forced falsetto, I flash back to the good old days of $1.50/gallon gas, video game addiction and earnest national debates on whether the PATRIOT Act was infringing on Americans’ civil liberties (hahahaha lol wut).

4) What is your perfect love song?

“Pale Blue Eyes” by the Velvet Underground.

This is the only one I struggled with; it was either this or Joni Mitchell’s “My Old Man,” so I went with the one that made me look more sophisticated and less mainstream. Anyone who isn’t touched by this tale of opioid-fueled adultery isn’t human.

5) What song would you want at your funeral?

“There is a Light That Never Goes Out” by the Dum Dum Girls.

Trollololololol! Nothing like worsening the already dismal mood of a funeral with one of the most depressing, morbid songs ever written. I went with the Dum Dum Girls version because the Smiths blow.

6) Time for the encore. One last song that makes you, you.

“Teen Age Riot” by Sonic Youth.

Immaturity, angst and aimless rebellion as interpreted by a thirtysomething? Yep, that’s me.

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  • fokkertism

    I’ve been obsessed with Cherry Lips ever since I stumbled across this page.