February 04, 2005

Music Meme II: The Return

Ahhh yes, another music meme. I got tagged by my lovely wife so here it goes...

1. Song that sounds like happy feels:

Shiny Happy People by REM, Bobby McFerrin's Dont Worry Be Happy (see also: songs that impart a strong desire to gouge your eyes out) and pretty much anything by the B-52's. They could do a song about the attack on Nagasaki and have it come off sounding as happy as little puppies chasing butterflies.

2. Earliest memory:

I've literally got no effing clue. See, I'm not so hot with the memories...at least prior to age six or so. But my happiest musical discovery moments (which sounds like a Disney special but isn't) revolve around me fake-DJing using my dad's stereo, a microphone and a stack of old 45's. I used to love that.

3. Last CD you bought:

Octane by Spock's Beard. I bought it literally 20 minutes ago.

4. Reminds you of school:

Damn boyeee! This is a little on the tough side, dontcha think? Steve Perry's (yes, the hip lead singer of that fresh band Journey) Oh Sherry reminds me of elementary/junior high school. Come on - that song still holds up. High school was dominated by hair metal...so something by Motley Crue, Kix or quite possibly Cinderella. College was grunge - Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden. If I were to make a mix CD of my life, it would be varied and long. It would contain songs that are brilliant, and ones that truly suck. But, hey, its my life.

5. Total music files on your PC:

7,700. And I'm still not done ripping CDs!

6. Song for listening to repeatedly when depressed:

There's a fine line between "sad" and "really freakin' depressed" - there's no better song to push you across that line than Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah. When I'm in need of a single-artist soundtrack to my depression, I've found you can really count on the exceptional Aimee Mann catalog. I love Aimee but her stuff just isn't really the happiest.

7. Song that sounds British, but isn't:

Anything by the Beach Boys! Seriously, nothing says Buckingham Palace, Cliffs of Dover, Cheerio and Number 10 Downing Street like a bit of the old Beach Blokes.

8. Song you love, band you hate:

I have a thriving and very real hatred of The Doors. I'm not exactly sure why but I've never been able to tolerate them. And yet for some odd reason I've heard Touch Me a lot lately and its dawned on me that its actually a really good song.

9. A favorite song from the past that took ages to track down:

In keeping with my love of Aimee Mann, I finally got around to picking up some old Til Tuesday stuff. Sure...I didn't have to look real hard but popping in Voices Carry after, well, a lot of years was pretty cool.

10. Bought the album for one good song:

Since this meme is floating around, I've had a chance to study other people's answers. To whoever answered by responding that every soundtrack they owned fell into this category, I salute you. I typically buy soundtracks for a single song and I'm stuck with the rest...or, worse, an original score! *shudder* I do not like original scores for some reason. With the sole exception of the score to The Red Violin and that is an absolutely astonishing piece of music.

11. Worst Song to Get Stuck in your Head:

This might sound certifiable but for some reason when my brain is feeling especially lame and hurtful, it starts playing either La Bamba or the themes from Hawaii Five Oh or Blackadder on an endless loop. The only thing capable of dislodging it is a good song or something by The Carpenters (which, frankly, is a fate worse than death as far as this blogger is concerned).

12. Best song to dump a beer on someone's head to, then storm out of the bar?

Isn't that the only thing The Doors or The Carpenters are good for? Songs to dump beer on heads by?

13. Who should do this next?

Is anyone still reading? Yes? Okay, then YOU!

Posted by Chris at February 4, 2005 05:26 PM

LOL. Nope not me! I did this last week already.

I'm not much of a Doors fan either, but I've always like the song Touch Me (damn should have remembered that for when I did the meme). As for musical scores, I totally agree with you on The Red Violin. It's an amazing movie as well.

Posted by: groovebunny at February 4, 2005 05:57 PM

Sorry, I've been tagged already.

Posted by: Amber at February 4, 2005 06:43 PM

I must tell you...you have some seriously kickass musical taste.

Oh, and The Carpenters? If I ever get to a point where I hate Christmas music, they will be singlehandedly responsible. Why do radio stations have to play them so damned much at Christmas?!

Posted by: QC at February 4, 2005 09:36 PM

I HATE the Doors.

Are you and Beth going to have your kid go to the same school as Amalah and Jason's?

Sorry, just SO excited for you guys!

And I'm not doing a meme. Because, honestly, I don't really have interesting posts as is. ;)

Posted by: alektra at February 5, 2005 02:13 AM

How do you find the music you buy? Do you read Rolling Stone and other magazines for recommendations and then give it a listen? I just don't ever know what to buy, and I don't feel like I have enough time to listen to what I have! But I guess I don't feel that way about BOOKS, so I'm willing to learn on the whole music thing.

I love The Doors. I hope that doesn't shoot all of my credibility out of the water.

Thanks for the note about The Red Violin soundtrack! I like to listen to instrumental soundtracks at work!

Posted by: jen at February 5, 2005 12:49 PM

Yay! I'll do it. I just need some time to think! Woo-hoo! Music!!

Posted by: Gweny at February 5, 2005 05:24 PM

I can still remember the clothes I was wearing the first time I heard "Oh Sherry" in junior high. Which scares me a little bit. OK, a lot.

Also, I must take credit for the soundtrack answer because I was so excited to see my meme answer referenced. Looking back, I'm trying to figure out the one song I bought the "Pretty Woman" soundtrack for.

Posted by: SpaceCase at February 5, 2005 06:57 PM

When I saw the "Earliest Memory" part, I immediately remembered being maybe seven years old and getting The Monkees as a Christmas gift. It was my first tape ever and I was so excited. What's sad is that, twenty years later, I still have the tape and still know all the words to their songs. Oh, and I'm a HUGE Doors fan. I've probably just lost all respect, huh?

Posted by: Terri at February 5, 2005 10:31 PM

Yup, The Doors suck. Yes, I just said that. *wicked grin* As my husband says "It happened, get over it" :) I also can't stomach The Beatles... I think I may have crossed the line, but, there it is. I agree, the B-52s are the definition of happy, I saw them in concert and smiled the entire time. Anything ska is fun also. I think Coldplay is pretty depressing. "Moses" is a love song, but soooooo sad. I love it though...

Posted by: Sashinka at February 6, 2005 04:21 AM