the soundtrack of our lives;
The Guardian’s “Six Songs of Me” project seems made for music nerds like myself who also love making lists. The concept is deceptively simple – pick your six prompted songs over at their custom-built website, answering questions such as your “perfect love song”, and the song that “always gets you dancing”. Various musicians, bloggers and other types have already given their answers over at the Guardian’s music blog, and now you can too. As I understand it, they plan to study the data and work out the songs that “matter the most to the world”.
Here are mine, to get you started:
The first song you ever bought: “Crazy” by Eternal
I’d been given music before, but the first singles (cassettes of course, this was the 90s) I ever handed over money for were this and “Oh Baby I” by soul girl trio Eternal. “Crazy” gets the nod, because the other one now seems completely unlistenable.
The song that always gets you dancing: “Deceptacon” by Le Tigre
I mean, it’s that or you’re dead, right?
The song that takes you back to your childhood: “Daddy Cool” by Boney M
My first music player was the Walkman I was given for my seventh birthday, but I think the idea of having something to play on it was a bit of an afterthought. For a good few months, the only music I had was a copy of The Best of Boney M my dad found in his wardrobe. I’ve chosen “Daddy Cool”, because he actually demanded it back in the end.
Your perfect love song: “Let’s Not Belong Together” by Paul Westerberg
I stole this answer from a boy I know.
The song your want played at your funeral: “Point Me To The West” by The Indelicates
“Burn every record in my discography and don’t let me influence no-one.” This one isn’t on Spotify (it’s a b-side) so I picked “The Last Significant Statement in Rock n Roll” for the purposes of the site.
The encore: “Aside” by the Weakerthans
Unconsoled, lonely and so much better than I used to be.
Oh, while I have you – you know that Franz Nicolay gig I’m putting on a week today? Well, I’m now offering buddy tickets and absorbing booking fees for 24 hours only – also, there are rumours of a very special opening guest. You might want to get on that.
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