Music is one of my favorite things in the world, obviously. Happy, sad, or whatever, I always go to music. Today, after a day of up and downs, including pure anger, I was more than happy to turn to this playlist tonight. In fact, it was exactly what I needed.
1. Move Your Body – Marshall Jefferson
As a personal trainer, I had high expectations from the title alone (yes, I know you shouldn’t make snap judgements on a track based on title). Despite its house/dance genre, there is a jazzy piano introduction that is brilliant to listen to. This is a decent dance track, and something you’d definitely have expected to hear at a personal training studio about ten years ago.
2. Rise – Public Image Ltd.
This is an 80s staple. I guarantee, if you sing, “I could be wrong, I could be right!” someone else will sing, “I could be black, I could be white!” Drawing from the accounts of victims of the South African apartheid, the lyrics are powerful, especially when added with the rock-edge of the instrumental, as well as the versatility of the sound it possesses.
3. Love Can’t Turn Around – Farley “Jackmaster” Funk
Deemed a house classic, it is a bit much for me; it seems to try a little too hard. However, it is memorable, which is perhaps why it was included in the list. It’s definitely the sort of track I can imagine being extremely popular in 1986, when it came out. I am most fond of the piano part of the song, as it possesses the most character to me.
4. Dear God – XTC
As someone who is not religious, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I listened and realized it was a letter to God explaining why he couldn’t believe, I was intrigued. In all truth, I wondered if I would hear the reasons that have been rattling in my own brain for all these years. I wondered if someone else didn’t believe they had the patience for it either. Overall, it was a good song, especially when the introduction kicks off with a child singing, before moving into both a more adult voice and phrasing.
5. Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Husker Du
The contrast between the conflicting emotions present in both the lyrics and the tone and the more aggressive music is what makes this both a great breakup anthem, as well as early pop-punk, in my opinion. I actually surprised myself with the fact that I liked it. It was extremely catchy and a great listen.
6. Kiss – Prince & The Revolution
An iconic song in its own right. However, I am often torn, unsure of whether or not I actually like it. Between his falsetto and the lack of bass, there is something that draws you in, I won’t even pretend to not notice that. However, all I can think about when I hear this is the scene from Pretty Woman.
7. Attencion Na SIDA – Franco
From the opening notes, this song had me completely entranced. It is stunning. With such a happy tune to it, you’d never know it was written as an awareness piece for the aids pandemic. The title of the track translates to “Beware of AIDS.” Franco, both an AIDS patient and extremely outspoken, has a booming vocal that really does have a hold over listeners.
8. Under The Milky Way – The Church
Hauntingly poetic and sharp, this song is a masterpiece. There is something anthemic about it, as well as cinematic. I find myself playing this one again and again. It’s got an ethereal quality to it that makes it an automatic classic.
9. Bamboleo – Gipsy Kings
I love this song and the pure skill that you can hear as each note gets played. The vocals are strong and only add to the energetic quality of the track. This is like being back in Spain and watching the flamenco dancers. I can almost picture their stunning, colorful dresses as the incredible house band plays with a proficiency that leaves audiences baffled. This song can transport you there.
10. This Corrosion – The Sisters of Mercy
With a somewhat eerie choral beginning fazing into an electronic pop-rock anthem, I wasn’t really sure what to do with this track. All I know is that I actually liked it. The vocals reminded me somewhat of David Bowie and the overall sound has a power to it that is undeniable.
…and so ends a mixed bag of a day, with a great playlist to cap it off. I liked the versatility of this playlist. It was a bit unpredictable, which, I suppose imitated my day.