Wednesday, July 09, 2008

iPod happiness

So, the other day I made my first honest to god playlist on my iPod. I feel totally stupid and old and so 1996 admitting that, but I honestly always thought I'd be happy just putting the thing on shuffle, and leaving my music up to the gods to decide. Admittedly, I rarely ever even listened to those pre-existing playlists that iPod sets up for you, with the exception of my "25 most played". The only reason they were my most played, I came to realize, was because I'd click "back" whenever stuff I liked popped up on my shuffle. Eventually, I started getting a bit tired of hearing Cat Stevens and Nick Drake when I wanted to hear Hot Chip and Squeeze. But I put up with it for quite some time - a year and 4 months, to be exact...

God, I feel like my grandmother explaining to me how she would record "her stories" on her ancient VHS recorder. OY.

Aaaaaanyway - the other day I was loading a bunch of new stuff onto my iPod, and decided to put together a list of all the songs I currently have on the pod that make me happy. Literally, the list is called "Makes Me Happy". I don't just mean that these songs elicit a little sigh and a slight grin when I hear them - I mean these are the songs that move my feet - make me dance on the metro and sing out loud no matter WHO is standing there listening. If I play them when I DJ, I must look like a mega-spaz cause I can't control my dancing feets and flailing limbs. These songs inspire me, cause me to expertly play not only the air drums, but the air bass and the air guitar too, and I've even been known to hold an air microphone from time to time. I'm like the Prince of playing the air instruments... Some of these songs make me feel like I've jumped off a cliff and am flying, and some make me feel like I just want to run in place a-la Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. Some are songs that have always made me feel this way, some are songs that grew on me, and some are songs that I just discovered in the last few days. Some embarass me to the point that I turn them all the way down when someone is next to me in traffic, and some I blast with a devil-may-care type volume. But, without question, in my heart they all made this list because I have some level of deep, ridiculous love for them. A love that can only be topped by chocolate covered, vanilla Glutino wafer cookies. You think I'm kidding...?

Anyway, all of that being said, I thought you, lovely readers, may like to see this playlist. It's a work in progress, but it's about as honest a depiction as I can provide of what constitutes as perfect musical genius, in my opinion. So read, find, listen, and enjoy!

All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
Any Way You Want It – Journey
Atlas – Battles
Back In Your Head – Tegan & Sara
Bad Connection – Yaz
Bandages – Hot Hot Heat
Beautiful World – Colin Hay
Black Eyed Horse & A Cherry Phunk – Paper Phoenix mashup
Blue Savannah (out of the blue mix) – Erasure
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
Brand New Lover – Dead or Alive
Bus Stop – The Hollies
C’mere – Interpol
Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements
Cats Disappear – Cure/Faint Mashup
Ceremony – New Order
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
The Choice Is Yours – The Black Sheep
Creator – Santogold
Crystal Wrists – Peter Murphy
Day Ditty – Shudder to Think
Dazzle – Siouxsie & the Banshees
Don’t Change – INXS
Don’t Stop the Music – Rhianna
Dopest Verse – Mad Kap
Elvira – The Oak Ridge Boys
Evil – Interpol
Fire In Cairo – The Cure
Fix Up, Look Sharp – Dizzee Rascal
Foundations – Kate Nash
Freakshow (Mix 13) – The Cure
Germany Calling (12”) – Voyou
Ghosts – Ladytron
The Great Commandment – Camouflage
The Guns of Brixton – The Clash
Hellohihey – Lifesavas
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
I’m Henry the VIII I Am – Herman’s Hermits
I Want You Back – The Plimsouls
If I Only Knew – Tom Jones
In the Countryside – Benjee Feree
Into the Groove – Madonna
Is That Love – Squeeze
Je Veux Te Voir – Yelle
Jolene – Dolly Parton
(Just Like We) Breakdown – Hot Chip
LDN – Lily Allen
Let Him Go – Beanie Man
Maneater – Hall & Oates
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Nappy Heads – The Fugees
The National Front Disco – Morrissey
The Night of Kitten’s Messy Dream – mashup
No One Lives Forever – Oingo Boingo
Olympic Airways - Foals
Over and Over – Hot Chip
Ping Pong – Stereolab
Pleasure & Pain - Divinyls
Pledge of Allegiance – Louis XIV
Pop the Glock - Uffie
Precious Time – the Maccabees
A Question of Time – Depeche Mode
Ready for the Floor – Hot Chip
Red House – Shudder to Think
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Save it for Later – The English Beat
Slow Hands - Interpol
Someday? – Concrete Blonde
Something About You – Level 42
Soul Meets Body – Death Cab for Cutie
Start Wearing Purple – Gogol Bordello
Sub-Culture – New Order
Subway – Peter Murphy
Such Great Heights – Postal Service
That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
There It Go (the whistle song) – Julez Santana
Tymps (The Sick In the Head Song) – Fiona Apple
Waiting for my Real Life to Begin – Colin Hay
Waiting for the Great Leap Forward – Billy Bragg
Waiting Room - Fugazi
The Way I are - Timbaland
You’ve Got To (Norman Cook Mix) – The Young Punx
10 Dollar – M.I.A.
1234 - Feist


Tiffany said...

What's awesome is the sheer number of times while reading this list I squee'd and exclaimed, "Oh, I love that song too!!"

Elliot said...

I'm making a party playlist for tonight and I was just reading through your lists for ideas of songs to add. You have no idea how glad I am that you also like Kate Nash. She's my faaaaaaave <3<3

Heids said...

Love me some Rihanna get-down funkiness. One of my current guilty happy pleasures: "Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry.

Katie Puckrik said...

I'm laughing because Cat Stevens and Nick Drake also seem "extra sticky" on my random play iPod. To the point that I started to wonder if there was a Cat Stevens conspiracy whereby the Cat tracks were encoded with secret "repeat play" signals.

My insta-flail favorite is Altered Images "I Could Be Happy."