Rolling along here. And no, this blog won’t be all 300 list all the time. Maybe. Don’t try to stop me when I’m on a roll, ok?
I’m going to throw some of my own band choices in here tonight as well as more suggestions.
9. The Damned – Love Song
“Love Song” is every romantic cliche you can think of chopped up, stuffed in a blender with a dose of ridicule and handful of cynicism, and blended at 90 mph. You can practically hear Vanian’s tongue rolling around in his cheek as he sings “just for you, here’s a love song.” Like a lot of relationships, “Love Song” is fast and sloppy and hectic and over before you know it. (from my own list)
10. The Jam – Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
The first time I heard this song – about a guy trying to get home from work to his wife but gets jacked by some thugs in the a subway station, was the first time I fell in love with The Jam. It was Weller’s ability to tell a complete, chilling story here, combined with the perfect pace of the song; rise and fall, slow and frenzied, giving the whole thing an air of drama, that made see this band for everything they were. The build up as the guy is laying there, beaten and describing his what he sees as he’s on the floor dying, (The last thing that I saw As I lay there on the floor Was jesus saves painted by an atheist nutter) and then the lines “I glanced back on my life and thought about my wife cause they took the keys – and she’ll think its me.” That stayed with me. Haunted me. I still to this day – over 20 years later – get that same gut-punch feeling when I listen to this. That, kids, is what turns a good song into a great song. (from my own list)
11. Soul Coughing – Super Bon Bon
Good songs stay with you. A good song will lodge itself in your head and reappear over and over again, and not in the bad way, like McArthur’s Park. In a good way, so when the song starts playing in your mind, you kind of hum along and don’t mind at all. So it’s fine that every single time I step into an elevator (and this happens several times a day on weekdays), my inner voice automatically starts singing you got to take the elevator to the mezzanine. And how much fun is it to spend the rest of the day saying super bon bon whenever someone addresses you? Super bon bon, super bon bon. (suggested by Kali)
12. Life of Agony – River Runs Red
Oh, how I loved this band. Their first two albums were so wound up in my every day life at one point that I can’t hear these songs without reliving those days and the bleeding-out kind of emotion that lay tangled up in them. This particular song is all anger and suicide and, while I suppose I was so heavy into this music at the time because of things going, it’s not so much the lyrics that made me (and still make me) turn this one up. It’s just a kick ass, pound your fists on the table, scream the words kind of song. (suggested by chuckfoxtrot)
13. Taking Back Sunday – You’re So Last Summer
Ok, I’m gonna admit it. Right here. Let’s get it out in the open. I love this band. Love them. Not just because they are from Long Island. I just love them. I get emo sometimes, it happens.
I could sit here and defend it. Tell you about their lyrics or something. Truth is, I like it. I have emo in my soul, what can I tell you. It’s from all those years of listening to Depeche Mode and wearing black. That shit never leaves you. There’s always a “woe is me” tear waiting to be shed. Always a poem in your past that never leaves, like words scrawled in the margin of a math notebook “my heart has been turned black as a night without the moon. you have torn my soul from body and i shall never feel anything again. i cry tears that are black as tar. woe. woe is me. woe, i say. i hate you and i want you to die.” Wait, is that I want you to die or me? I get so confused. Maybe I was goth, not emo.
Plus this song is an ode to passive aggressiveness: the truth is, you could slit my throat, and with my one last gasping breath I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt
I’m so emo my lawn cuts itself.
And I make no excuses for it. (from my own list)
Keep making suggestions. I got a shitload to choose from, but a shitTON would be better.