Man, where did the weekend go? I feel like it should still be Saturday! But, it’s time to put my headphones on and get ready to listen to the Day Seventy playlist. I can’t believe it’s Day Seventy already. Only thirty days to go on the challenge! As much as I’m going to miss doing this challenge, I am also excited to start a new one…and to possibly go to bed early.
1. Where Is My Mind? – Pixies
So noisy and strange, and, haunting, that you cannot ignore this incredible track. The Pixie’s are a timeless band, with their influence spanning nearly three decades. The guitar on this track is spectacular and seems to have something to say all on its own, and the melodic vocals are entrancing. In many ways, I can almost hear which bands were influenced by both the Pixies and this song directly.
2. Waiting Room – Fugazi
Bringing punk back onto the main stage and giving outcasts a voice once more, Fugazi’s punk anthem, “Waiting Room” is incredible. I may be biased, because I love group vocals, but this is truly a great track. This would be something I would expect to hear at the Warped Tour, really encouraging interaction between the band and the crowd.
3. Touch Me I’m Sick – Mudhoney
Loud, boisterous, and grunge. The Seattle music scene has graced the world with many amazing bands, but here is one that time should never forget. The further along into this playlist I get, the more I am hearing the phasing in to the early nineties, where grunge dominated. I’m also hearing Mark Arm’s shrieking that is oddly fascinating…
4. Feed Me With Your Kiss – My Bloody Valentine
I like My Bloody Valentine, but this, for me, is a bit much. The music overpowers the vocals, and it just doesn’t sit well with me, even if it is a decent track.
5. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
This is actually a pretty empowering song. Neneh Cherry celebrates the women who stand alone and survive, and applauds those who maintain who they are, as well as calling out the fake women and the men who treat women badly. This mixture of pop and hip-hop kind of emphasize the slow transition from the 80s to the 90s, where hip-hop stood on its own two feet on the top 40s.
6. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Such a classic. It truly is a timeless track. Tracy Champan’s songwriting abilities, as well as her musical talents, are flawless. This is one of those songs you could play again and again and again and never tire of it, or at least, I wouldn’t. I have always adored it for its simplicity, and probably always will.
7. Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.
Classic hip-hop. It’s a decent listen, and like listening to someone’s tales of living in a precarious situation, and seeing it through their eyes. I think there may be an excessive amount of both ego and bad language, but, then again, this is one of the songs that solidified what hip hop could be.
8. Opel – Syd Barrett
A simplistic singer-songwriter tune. Lyrically, it’s poetic, and I think that may be it’s main appeal, as the guitar playing isn’t exactly awe-inspiring. However, there is a level of enjoyment.
9. Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey
With his solo career, Morrissey seemed to experiment with a bit of a different sound than The Smiths. However, that’s not a bad thing, as “Everyday Is Like a Sunday” demonstrates perfectly. Lyrically perfect, I find myself entranced by this track. It has an upbeat style, but a melancholy tone in many senses, which may add to the beauty of the song.
10. Orinoco Flow – Enya
Something about this reminds me of a film I watched as a kid; I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a somewhat theatrical song, or what, but it’s hard to escape that feeling. I know I’ve heard this song many times before, but the more I hear it, the more I picture it in a film. The vocals on this track are impeccable, especially when you add in all the stunning harmonies.
Back to the wind and grind tomorrow, not that it ever truly stops. I loved the balanced mixture present on this playlist, and the fact that it finished off with Enya. Pretty much good luck on my part.
I’m hoping this week starts off a lot better than last week ended!