It's been a while since I did one of these posts, but the project wasn't forgotten. I'll try to post these a little more frequently, but as always, it's a juggling act for me to post here and on my other two sites with any sort of regularity. Without further ado...
"On the Ocean," Guster
I'm sure that I'm unlike most Guster fans in that their most recent album, Easy Wonderful, was my introduction to the band, and as is true for most people when they fall in love with a band, my first album remains my favorite. This is my favorite track off of the album, and while I can see when listening to their earlier albums that the song was somewhat similar to a lot of what came before, it still has the virtue of reaching my ears before all their other songs.
"Pinch Me," Barenaked Ladies
There are so many wonderful lines in this song, and while I know that "I just made you say, 'underwear'" is the one that gets the most attention, my personal favorite is "you try to scream but it only comes out as a yawn." Cheery songs about depression sometimes rule my world, and it certainly doesn't hurt they come with a coda containing an awesome backmasked guitar solo.
"Please Don't Ask," Crash Vegas
I never would've discovered this song if it hadn't been for my time at The Gleaner, the student newspaper at Rutgers-Camden. Although they had a few top 40 hits in Canada, none of my friends have ever heard of them. TeenLitGirl says the song makes her want to slit her wrists, and I can completely understand why. It's almost certainly the most depressing song you'll find in my Hall of Songs. I tend to listen to it most frequently when I'm being a moody drunk, but I do appreciate it when sober. Unfortunately, I cannot find this online anywhere -- if you really want to hear it, I will gladly email a copy of the MP3.
"Rainbow Connection," Kermit the Frog
Speaking of slitting wrists, Sarah McLachlan recorded a version of this that makes me want to slit mine. Until hearing her cover, it never occurred to me that this could be depressing. Wistful and tinged with a bit of sadness, certainly, but in the end a hopeful song. I loved it so much as a kid that this was one of the first discs I bought after purchasing my first CD player in the summer of 1991. I can actually sing this in a proper Kermit voice -- just ask TeenLitGirl (she has a video).
"Sabotage," Beastie Boys
Normally, I am annoyed when characters in sci-fi flicks set hundreds of years in the future are actively listening to classic rock. What, good, new rock is hard to find in the future? Yet, when young James T. Kirk puts this on the car's radio in the Star Trek reboot, I was right there with him -- even if I thought it was nuts that a teenager from the mid 23th century knew what the song was. Yes, Kirk is awesome, but he's not that awesome. Oh, and, "Whhaaaaaaaaaaaaah!"