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"This is not the Devil's music, but it feels like the Devil's time."

That line is from the Blues Explosion's 'Help These Blues' which is found on Damage, a fine, crunchy, funky album. Friend of mine turned me onto them after she saw them live. It's just unreasonably cool. Figure for most this won't be surprise. I'm always late to the party.

Anyhow, this morning I clicked on Warren Ellis' Streaming Column because it was early, and I just felt like clicking on something. The column is a bit of a nothing thing, and this entry doesn't deviate from that. It's essentially a meme. Anyhow, it mentions five songs that mean something to you, and again, because I haven't quite woken up yet, my brain actually starting with the electric shocks and here we are.

Music Nazis get your keyboards ready.

Five Songs.

1.

'Knock Me Out', Linda Perry (with Grace Slick). Found on Perry's first solo album, and one of my all time favourites, In Flight, it's one of those songs that works its way into your head. Dark and soulful and, with Slick's presence, about a pair of Lesbians in an abusive relationship. The song, and whole album, just remind me of that time when I was heading out into Richmond to do my Arts Degree. I'd ride these single train lines out past Blacktown with my walkman, in the old carriages that CityRail didn't want going into the city, and everything outside the windows would become more spaced apart. Occasionally, you could hitch down the long road into the campus, as students who didn't know you would stop to pick you up so you didn't have to walk the twenty minutes into the campus. More often than not, it was a guy in ute that gave you a ride. Guess I just got that kind of appeal.

2.

'Fine Mess', Tex Perkins. Really, I could pick any song off Perkins' Dark Horses, but this one best sums up the state of me at this time. I guess everyone has an album or song that defines a difficult period in their life. Mostly, it involves girls or boys, depending on your orientation. Mine was a girl. It sucked like you wouldn't believe.

3.

'Nothing Else Matters', Metallica. It'd be a lie if I didn't trace back to the teenage me. In fact, as I write this, I'm tempted to swap it over with Guns 'N' Roses' 'Paradise City' or 'Sweet Child of Mine' from their Appetite for Destruction album. I suppose you can just call this entry the songs of High School, and the Metallica song is just what starts it. Anyhow, while I have downloads of the music that I rarely listen to, the only copies I own of any of this music is on old tapes that I've lost somewhere. Still, I must have listened to the self titled Metallica album and others a million fucking times. I can't pick up an old fantasy novel without remembering the music. A time and place.

4.

'Hallelujah', Jeff Buckley. From Grace, Buckley's only real album, and a cover of a Leonard Cohen song. It's not the right thing to say, but I just can't listen to that original without thinking of Buckley's. It's a real shame he never released a finished second album, and an even bigger shame that people continue to release versions of the same live show to cash in. There are a few fine live albums, such as Live at Sin-e, and Columbia appears to be slowly releasing covers and odd bits, but nothing equals that first album, and nothing equals his cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.

5.

I've no idea what to end with. Something by Tom Waits? I'd probably go with 'Filipino Box Spring Hog', cause you never forget your first bit of Waits, but I love 'Romeo is Bleeding' and 'Gun Street Girl' and many, many others. Then there is the Stooges and early Iggy Pop; and Alice in Chains, before Layne Staley got fucked up on drugs and ended up friendless and dead in his apartment; and anything from the Jesus and Mary Chain's Darklands; and there are parts of Tori Amos that I adore and are the reasons why I buy new albums, still. There's also the Cruel Sea, and the date I went on with that Christian girl who claimed to be the brother of Dan Random, the guitarist, but I already picked a Tex Perkins song. (They've done a lot of fine music. 'Better Get a Lawyer' pops right into my head with Perkins' growl.) I could have gone Rage Against the Machine, or NWA's glorious 'Fuck Da Police'...

The list would likely change tomorrow, so I'll just leave it like that. Anyhow, feel free to write your own.

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benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
i've never heard cale's.

in fact, cale is someone who has just sort of passed me by. never heard much of him.
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benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
cool. i should be able to find it round without hassle. someone i know is bound to have it.
strangedave
Feb. 11th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Someone beat me to it. Cales version is the one that would be on my list.
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
i'm beginning to see that there are cale fans around here :)
ex_benpayne119
Feb. 11th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
I prefer Cale's I think... although I think i like the live Cohen version where he has the different verses...

I never got into Jeff Buckley as much... perhaps he wasn't quite my era (me being an old cunt)... a bit too high-drama for me... the Cohen and Cale versions are more understated.. you don't need to hit people over the head with that shit:)

benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
you're sooo old, man ;)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 11th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, why should John Cusack get to have all the fun anyway:

1. Tool, Jimmy, from Aenima
2. Iota, Visitor, from La Caravana
3. Supergroove, Bugs & Critters, from Traction
4. The Tea Party, Drawing Down the Moon, from The Edges of Twilight
5. The Smashing Pumpkins, I of the Mourning, from Machina I

Fuck that was hard.

Oh and BTW, on your earlier music query, you could also check out Eskimo Joe's A Song is a City album - it mightn't be your cuppa musically, but it's thematically up your alley, and it's a darn good album.

Matt C
benpeek
Feb. 11th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
my list could probably change tomorrow. with the exception of the first two, most likely.

anyhow, thanks for the eskimo joe tip. you're right that they're not my think, but i've been thinking of the album. maybe i can borrow it off someone and check it out. i'll have to see.
bodhichitta0
Feb. 11th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Love Jeff Buckley.
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